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The Masque of the Red Death


The short story “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in Graham’s Magazine in 1842.  It is a pictorial and symbolic story in which the principal character Prince Prospero, a wealthy, influential, and powerful nobleman tries to shut out death and fails, finally succumbing to his mortality.


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS2600 to PS2648



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  •  Haugen, Hayley (ed.). The Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe. 2001.

                        Call Number: PS2642 .F43 R4 2001

  •  Kesterson, David B.  Critics on Poe.  1973.

                     Call Number: PS2638 .K44

  • Knapp, Bettina L.  Edgar Allan Poe. 1984.

                   Call Number: PS2631 .K58 1984 c.2

  • Magistrale, Tony.  Student Companion to Edgar Allan Poe. 2001.

                     Call Number: PS2638 .M24 2001

  • Poe, Edgar Allan.  Edgar Allan Poe: Sixty-Seven Tales. 1990.

                     Call Number: PS2603 .F6 1990.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Masque of the Red Death (Keyword)
  • Poe, Edgar Allan (Subject)


Reference Materials


  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001

o   Vol. 7, pg. 2766

  •  Frank, Frederick S., and Anthony Magistrale.  The Poe Encyclopedia. 1997.

                     Call Number: REF PS2630 .P58 1997

o   Pg. 223-225

  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series (Revised Edition)Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004

o   Vol. 5, pg. 2608-2610

  • Nineteenth Century Literary CriticismCall Number: REF PN761 .N5

o   Vol. 1, pg. 500, 513, 521

o   Vol. 16, 306, 324, 331, 335

o   Vol. 55, pg. 151

  • Short Story Criticism –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5

o   Vol. 1, pg. 379, 389-90, 398, 406

o   Vol. 22, pg. 305, 307

o   Vol. 35, pg. 322

o   Vol. 54, pg. 209

o   Vol 88, pg. 188-255

  • Short Stories for StudentsCall Number: REF PN3330 .S386

o   Vol. 8, pg. 232-260



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Last Revised on November 21, 2021

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