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i am writing a research paper on E.A.P and the information that i have found contrasts each other. So my question is which story came first: The gold bug or the Masque of Red Death if possible list the year please
-- Anonymous, April 07, 2003
Roughly at the same time(1842) but Poe saved the manuscripts of the God Bug and The Black Cat for a year, propably hoping to include them in his own magazine which never panned out. Seeing as the Mask was actually published 4/30/1842 it would seem likely it was worked on prior to the other two works. Go by the date of publication since the actual manuscript for The Gold Bug was only witnessed anecdotally. it is interesting to note which works came at the same time. Coincidentally the titles and major symbols all deal with a color(red, gold, black).
-- Anonymous, April 09, 2003