In this story of artistic obsession, a wounded man finds shelter in an abandoned chÃ¢teau 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 portraitâ??s extraordinary execution.
A pioneer of the short story genre, Edgar Allan Poeâ??s stories typically captured themes of the macabre and included elements of the mysterious. His better-known stories include â??The Fall of the House of Usherâ?, â??The Pit and the Pendulumâ?, â??The Murders in the Rue Morgueâ?, â??The Masque of the Red Deathâ? and â??The Tell-Tale Heartâ?.
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by Edgar Allan Poe
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