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Poe's Stories: Introduction
Poe's Stories: Plot Summary
Poe's Stories: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Poe's Stories: Themes
Poe's Stories: Quotes
Poe's Stories: Characters
Poe's Stories: Symbols
Poe's Stories: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Edgar Allan Poe
Historical Context of Poe's Stories
Other Books Related to Poe's Stories
- Where Written: Several cities in the United States, including New York and Baltimore
- When Published: “MS. Found in a Bottle” (1833); “Ligeia” (1838); “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839); “William Wilson” (1839); “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841); “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843); “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1843); “The Black Cat” (1843); “The Purloined Letter” (1844); “The Masque of the Red Death” (1845); “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846)
- Literary Period: Poe is considered an influence in several literary movements and eras, including the Romantic, Gothic and the 19th century, Victorian periods
Extra Credit for Poe's Stories
Unfinished Business. An unfinished manuscript of Poe’s was found after his death amongst his papers, and writer Joyce Carol Oates was inspired to finish it off. She turned Poe’s potential page-turner into a new story called The Fabled Light-House at Vina del Mar.
Poe’s Pets. Though many of Poe’s stories are influences by real events and characters, his violence towards cats in The Black Cat couldn’t be further from the truth. Poe was a cat-lover, and his own cat was named Catterina!