“The Tell-Tale Heart”: One of Poe’s most iconic stories. I first read it when I was 23: an overworked and tired graduate student. One foggy Wednesday evening in October of that year—in fact, immediately after I read “The Tell-Tale Heart” in preparation for class—my younger sister asked me to accompany her on a walk around the neighborhood. I gladly took this opportunity for some … Read More The Scream
Edgar Allan Poe is most often remembered as the mid-19th century’s master of macabre tales. Many of us have probably already read “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Black Cat,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart.” While these and similar stories might be Poe’s most famous, he also wrote tales of ratiocination (detective stories, such as “The Purloined Letter”) and … Read More “My narrative”
I am honored to be able to say that most of what I know about the work of Edgar Allan Poe, I learned from Dr. Merrill Maguire Skaggs. To be honest, prior to taking her doctoral course on Poe and Emerson in the fall of 2003, I was not particularly interested in Poe. As my perspicacious advisor at Drew University, Dr. Bill Rogers, suspected, … Read More My reflection on a great Poe teacher
When I was in grammar school at St. Cassian’s, we normally had our library class once per week. We’d go to the school library and have the option of checking out a book. Searching for a book to read for a book report, I checked out Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher—because it was short! My sixth-grade mind was a little bit … Read More Kiddie Lit?
Upon entering CVS today, I encountered this pack of Halloween window decorations. When I inspected it, I realized that one of the window decorations in the package features not only the likeness of a raven but also part of the text of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe! If you love Poe as much as I do, hie thee to your local CVS to … Read More I’m ravin’ about this Halloween decoration!
Autumn is undoubtedly here; a damp chill hangs in the evening air. What’s on my reading list for today? Something by Edgar Allan Poe, of course! To get us all in the proper horrific spirit for the season, I hereby decree that this is Edgar Allan Poe Week! What does that mean? A “Poest” from me every day. (Sorry, I know that was terrible.) … Read More Poe Week