Edgar Allan Poe’s

Mrs. Butcher's English III


Melissa High School

Library Media Center

Gale Literature

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Useful background information to help you understand the story and its author. If you read this stuff before you start to write you will benefit.


The Complete Text Online

The whole story online here.

The House of Usher

A Poe fan site with cool info about the man and his work. Did you know that there are 100 words for graveyard? Poe did!



Bedlam Patterns:Love and the Idea of Madness in Poe's Fiction

Transcript of a  lecture was delivered by Dr. Richard Benton, Associate Professor of English at Trinity College.


Single Words First Used or Coined by Poe

This lecture was delivered by Dr. Burton Pollin at the Fifty-first Annual Commemoration Program of the Poe Society

The Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia


Video and Audio

Dream Within a Dream

Are you writing about  the story as Roderick’s bad dream/nightmare? You might want to check out this poem by Poe.  “All that we see or seem...Is but a dream within a dream.”


Audio Version of the story

The Life of Edgar Allan Poe You’ll have to watch this at home. Log in with melissastudent as the user name. You’ll need to see Mrs. Niche for the password.

The Raven as read by Christopher Walken. From Youtube.

The Poe Society of Baltimore

Lots of background info about Poe


Odds and Ends

SparkNotes on The Fall of the House of Usher


Do you know Poe? Take the quiz.

Enotes on The Fall of the House of Usher


The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection from UT.  Original Manuscripts.

The Poe Decoder Essays on Usher


Fun videos about how to write a killer lit analysis paper

The Fall of the House of Usher: An Overview (Wilson)


The trailer for the movie version with scary Vincent Price from Youtube

The Fall of the House of Usher: Another Overview (Mowery)




Selected articles, most from the Gale Literature Resource Center. You can find them and more here.

What Happens In 'The Fall of the House of Usher’?

The Vampire Motif in “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Reading Encrypted But Persistent: The Gothic of Reading and Poe’s “The Fall of The House of Usher

“The Fall of the House of Usher" and Elegiac Romance 

House of Mirrors: Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Fall of the House of Usher.'

Sympathies of a Scarcely Intelligible Nature: The Brother-Sister Bond in ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’.

Short Story Criticism: The Fall of the House of Usher

Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher by Beverly Voloshin. Discusses the idea of duality in the story. Scroll down the first page to get to the beginning.

The Self-Consuming Narrator

The Narrator’s Experience as a Dream

The Rational (scientific) Reason for The Fall of the House

Poe graphic by Sarah Klockars- Clauser used under the terms of Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/