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- Full Title: “Berenice—A Tale”
- When Written: 1835
- When Published: March 1835
- Literary Period: American Romanticism
- Genre: Gothic short story
- Setting: Egaeus’s ancestral home
- Climax: Berenice wakes up after being buried alive and Egaeus discovers he has removed her teeth.
- Antagonist: Mental illness
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Berenice
Overseas Fame. Although Poe was American, he never enjoyed much fame for his fiction and poetry in America. It was actually overseas, primarily in France, that Poe achieved immense fame as a writer.
The Original Detective. While Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes is frequently given credit for being literature’s first great detective, Doyle actually credits Poe’s literary detective C. Auguste Dupin as the inspiration for Sherlock. Dupin, a reoccurring character in Poe’s stories, makes his first appearance in “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841, about 46 years before Sherlock Holmes made his debut in A Study in Scarlet.