The Tell Tale Heart and Other Writings – Edgar Allan Poe

Nov 23

The Tell Tale Heart and Other Writings – Edgar Allan Poe

This book was a walk down memory lane for me. I vaguely remember reading some of these stories when I was an elementary school gal. My maternal grandmother had a copy of some version of this book, and if she was reading something, I wanted to read it too. My paternal grandfather was also quite fond of quoting Mr. Poe; I can recollect him, hands on his chest, reciting The Raven more than once. The kicker was, even though the material is fifty shades of dark, my grandpa would offer his recitations in a most hilarious way. So, even though Edgar Allan Poe is decidedly macabre and this collection is filled with violence, tragedy, and alcoholism, it was comforting for me to read again, all these years later. Also, every time I think of EAP I am reminded of the time when my husband dubbed a sandwich the “Edgar Allan Poe Boy.” Ladies and gentlemen, I married a keeper.

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A few highlights:

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

I love the idea of people “retracing their steps by which particular conclusions of their own minds have been attained.” The solution of the murders is ludicrous, but I loved the logic behind every step of the story.

The Pit and the Pendulum

This was my favorite as a kid. Weirdo. An imprisoned man finds himself surrounded by various types of peril.

Eleonora

Beautiful and disturbing, the tale of perfect incestuous love that of course ends in tragedy. I just love the language in this particular story.

Alone

A poem that everyone can relate to, even the lightest of hearts.

 

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