Overview

One of Edgar Allan Poe’s most anthologized works, “The Pit and the Pendulum” first appeared in 1842 in an annual holiday gift book called The Gift: A Christmas and New Year’s Present for 1843, published by the Philadelphia press Carey & Hart. This psychologically tense tale chronicles the harrowing struggle for survival of a man condemned to death by the Spanish Inquisition. The story is full of vivid and visceral sensory detail, allowing the reader to experience the narrator’s terror alongside him.

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