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The Gold-Bug & Other Tales


Where detective fiction, short stories, and science fiction meet

Audience Grades 9+; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge I
Accessibility Some students will require some guidance
Preparation None required
Ease of Use Small print
Author Edgar Allan Poe
Page Count 121 (“The Pit and the Pendulum,” 12 pages)
Format Perfect bound; paperback
Publication Date 2015

General Description

From The Gold-Bug and Other Tales, Challenge I students read Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Pit and the Pendulum.” This masterfully chilling, densely imaginative tale takes place during the Spanish Inquisition, following the experience of a man imprisoned in darkness. Students encounter not only dark, brilliant writing, but also questions of truth, human nature, and the deceit of senses.

Also included:

  • "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
  • "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  • "The Masque of the Red Death"
  • "The Tell-Tale Heart"
  • "The Cask of Amontillado"
  • "The Pit and the Pendulum"
  • "The Gold-Bug"
  • and more