I thought I was one of a few

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I have come to a joyful conclusion that i have been erroniously wrong for the past few years in which i was living with my own ideas-embarking on my own selfish "tales" of lone-man-ship concerning Poe's great stories and poems. I found out now that i was only thinking faux and that i'm part of many, either slightly or greatly, interested in Poe's tales. I run into this complex and compunded "website", only to find out, and run into, a group of, should i say, fanatics, who apreciate and enjoy the great edgard allan poe of yester-year.

Of all his great stories, a few that i enjoy the most are as follows, in no particular standing: "The Murders In Rue Morgue", "The Mask Of The Red Death", and the strange tale of "The Gold Bug" which i read once and need to read again for I have forgoten it's agenda, but I do remember I liked. One story worth my mention is that one called, if i'm correct, "Aphrodite"? forgive me if i'm wrong. And lastly one that always tickles my fancy, of which i cannot remember it's name, also, is the one about a man entering an asylum or nut house where the patients have taken the place of the nurses. There you can see my reasoning why this one makes me tickle.

Mr Poe always enjoyed twisting human roles around; always liked dark humor even if it means death to someone who either deserves it or doesn't! Well enough of this giborish. I can only think of one story where poe didn't use old english: the newspaper articles in "murder in rue morgue" and also his only novel was simpler to read. Daniel

-- Anonymous, July 12, 2002


The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" is the comedy about the patients taking over the asylum. Can't think of what the Aphrodite tale refers to. Hints about the plot would help. Full range of texts and variants can be found at www.eapoe.org for all of Poe's complete works. Glad to see someone who right off appreciates Poe's humor. This usually comes as a surprise considering his popular image.

-- Anonymous, July 12, 2002

If I remember well, Aphrodite is the Venetian (?) lady of the romantic tale "The Assignation", set in Venice - just a revised text of the earlier "Visionary", from the "Folio Club" device, often considered as a "pastiche" burlesquing Th. Moore's inflated-convolute style when relating Byron's tumultuous life, loves and doings... Try it with this point in view, and judge by yourself. Yours sincerely, Raven's Shade (Belgium).

-- Anonymous, July 13, 2002

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