E-book The Masque of the Red Death

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Edgar Allan Poe

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The Masque of the Red Death is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. The story follows Prince Prospero's attempts to avoid a dangerous plague, known as the Red Death, by hiding in his abbey. He, along with many other wealthy nobles, hosts a masquerade ball within seven rooms of the abbey, each decorated with a different color. In the midst of their revelry, a mysterious figure disguised as a Red Death victim enters and makes his way through each of the rooms. Prospero dies after confronting this stranger, whose "costume" proves to contain nothing tangible inside it; the guests also die in turn. The story follows many traditions of Gothic fiction and is often analyzed as an allegory about the inevitability of death, though some critics advise against an allegorical reading. Many different interpretations have been presented, as well as attempts to identify the true nature of the titular disease. The story was first published in May 1842 in Graham's Magazine and has since been adapted in many different forms, including a 1964 film starring Vincent Price. Additionally, it has been alluded to by other works in many types of media. The story takes place at the castellated abbey of the "happy and dauntless and sagacious" Prince Prospero. Prospero and 1,000 other nobles have taken refuge in this walled abbey to escape the Red Death, a terrible plague with gruesome symptoms that has swept over the land. Victims are overcome by "sharp pains", "sudden dizziness", and hematidrosis, and die within half an hour. Prospero and his court are indifferent to the sufferings of the population at large; they intend to await the end of the plague in luxury and safety behind the walls of their secure refuge, having welded the doors shut. One night, Prospero holds a masquerade ball to entertain his guests in seven colored rooms of the abbey. Each of the first six rooms is decorated and illuminated in a specific color: blue, purple, green, orange, white, and violet.
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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

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(Boston, 1809-Baltimore, 1849) vivió una vida marcada por la necesidad y la desgracia: huérfano desde muy pequeño, escritor profesional con constantes altibajos económicos, viudo tras el fallecimiento de su joven esposa, su prima Virginia Clemm. Pero su obra sentó las bases de la literatura del futuro. Si el genio es la capacidad de «crear un tópico nuevo», como afirmaba Baudelaire (que lo tradujo y vivió poseído por este «escritor de los nervios»), de Poe surgen las reglas más fecundas de la literatura moderna. Por ejemplo, las del flaneurismo y el individuo perdido entre las masas de las ciudades. O las del cuento de terror psicológico, del que fue maestro en piezas célebres como «La caída de la Casa Usher» o «El corazón delator». O los elementos que definen el género policíaco, con las historias protagonizadas por Auguste Dupin, el primer detective. Poe fijó incluso las claves de una poesía moderna, urbana y «desromantizada» que da pie a las vanguardias del siglo XX y llevó a Stéphane Mallarmé a definirlo como «el dios intelectual de su siglo». Su muerte, con apenas cuarenta años de edad (¿alcoholismo?, ¿sobredosis?, ¿suicidio?), sigue siendo un misterio.