The history behind Poe's stories : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

I am writing a paper on Edgar Allan Poe. I am including information about where or why he wrote the poems and short stories. A college professor told about a story in The Mysterous New England, about the story behind The Cask of the Amontillado. However, I am not sure about the story, and I can not find this book. If you know the story or where I could find it, I would appreciate you e-mailing me.

-- Anonymous, April 19, 2004


Just to enlighten you, The Cask of Amontillado would NOT just be one book. It is what you call a short story and can find it, in just about any book that has a collection of his work. Which I am pretty sure every library has at least five different collections.

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2004

The answer missed the point of the question entirely. Thomas Mabbott is(or was) the expert who delved most thoroughly into sources. He makes a small note in the biography section of the commentary on the poiems that Poe borrowed from Balzac(the French writer) and Joel T. Headley. Perhaps in the posthumous book by Mabboott(finished by family and colleagues)concerning the tales you might find nmore detail. Look up Headley? Balzac had a mammoth opus and exquisite cold revenge would be typical. This is a good question as most people look for sensational relations to Poe's life and enemies at the time for sources.

What is wrong with asking your professor?

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2004

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