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"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a narrative short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine before being included in the collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque in 1840. The short story is a work of gothic fiction and includes themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities.
A Journal of the Plague Year is an account of one man's experiences of the year 1665 when the bubonic plague hit the city of London and it is known as the Great Plague of London. It was first published in March 1722. The narrative is quite chronological although without sections or chapter headings, and with frequent parentheses and recurrences. The author was an eyewitness of the accounts during this time and wrote it in the previous era of its publication. Defoe was only five years old in 1665. So, the book is most likely based on his uncle, Henry Foe’s journals. In the book, Defoe goes to great lengths to represent a real picture of the pandemic by identifying specific neighbourhoods, streets, and even houses in which events took place. Moreover, it provides tables of fatality figures and describes the reliability of various accounts and stories found by the narrator. The book is often paralleled to the authentic, contemporary accounts of the plague in the record of Samuel Pepys.
The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first published in May 1888. It contains five stories: "The Happy Prince", "The Nightingale and the Rose", "The Selfish Giant", "The Devoted Friend", and "The Remarkable Rocket".