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Illustration for "The Haunted Palace," Edmund Dulac, undated.

Poe's vivid descriptions have inspired many artists to create illustrations for his work. A number of notable illustrators have tried their hand at drawing the gloomy, gothic-inspired mansion at the center of Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." Many of Poe's stories consider the psychological power of buildings, but none more than this tale, in which the house itself is almost a character.

All three of the illustrations featured below attempt to capture the dream-like, hallucinatory scene described by the narrator:

I looked upon the scene before me—upon the mere house, and the simple landscape features of the domain—upon the bleak walls—upon the vacant eye-like windows—upon a few rank sedges—and upon a few white trunks of decayed trees—with an utter depression of soul which I can compare to no earthly sensation more properly than to the after-dream of the reveller upon opium—the bitter lapse into everyday life—the hideous dropping off of the veil. There was an iciness, a sinking, a sickening of heart—an unredeemed dreariness of thought which no goading of the imagination could torture into aught of the sublime. What was it—I paused to think—what was it that so unnerved me in the contemplation of the House of Usher?

Do you think they succeed in capturing Poe's description?

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