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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher


by Edgar Allan Poe

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Poe's inspiration for the story may be based upon events of the Usher House, located on Boston's Lewis Wharf. As that story goes, a sailor and the young wife of the older owner were caught and entombed in their trysting spot by her husband. When the Usher House was torn down in 1800, two bodies were found embraced in a cavity in the cellar.
Guide to Boston, by Susan and Michael Southworth

Between 1908 and 1915, French composer Claude Debussy wrote about 30 minutes of an opera called “The Fall of the House of Usher.”

In 1996, Robert Poe, a distant relative of Edgar Allan Poe, wrote "Return to the House of Usher, both a sequel to and modern retelling of Poe's story.

In "Lisa the Simpson", a ninth season episode of The Simpsons, the Simpsons watch a fictitious TV special entitled "When Buildings Collapse." One of the buildings to fall is called The House of Usher.
The Simpsons, Season Nine

When Poe was 26, he married his 13-year-old cousin. Where to start…

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