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The Oval Portrait

Short Story

by Edgar Allan Poe

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In this story of artistic obsession, a wounded man finds shelter in an abandoned ch√Ęteau in the Appenines and with his valet settles into a small apartment in a remote turret. The oddly shaped room is full of paintings, and on his pillow the man finds a small book that appears to tell their stories. One painting in particular, of a beautiful girl, holds him spellbound, and, consulting the history book, he learns the startling secret of the oval portrait's extraordinary execution.

A pioneer of the short story genre, Edgar Allan Poe's stories typically captured themes of the macabre and included elements of the mysterious. His better-known stories include "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Masque of the Red Death" and "The Tell-Tale Heart".

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Publication Details

Publisher:
HarperCollins Canada
Imprint:
HarperPerennial Classics
Publication Date:
2014

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Edgar Allan Poe (Author)

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) reigned unrivaled in his mastery of mystery. Born in Boston, he was orphaned at age three, expelled from West Point for gambling and became an alcoholic. In 1836 he secretly wed his thirteen-year-old cousin. The Raven, ...

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