MS. Found in a Bottle Summary
These topics concern the general works of Edgar Allan Poe.
Sanity and Insanity
Poe uses the theme of insanity vs. insanity, and all the nuances in between, in many of his short stories, often charging his insane narrators with the futile task of proving that they are not mad. Often, in stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart and The Imp of the Perverse, though the respective narrators of each claim they are of sound mind and seem completely unremorseful, they are driven to confess by a persistent reminder of their crime. In other tales, such as The Cask of Amontillado, the narrator is unquestionably insane, and yet there is no remorse and no confession, and though his actions are insane, he is very levelheaded when it comes to their execution. Crime is not the only indicator of insanity, however. In Ligeia, the narrator commits no crime that is spoken...
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Edgar Allan Poe Biographies (8)
1,494 words, approx. 5 pages
Unquestionably one of America's major writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was far ahead of his time in his vision of a special area of human experience--the "inner world" of dream, hallucination, and...
5,817 words, approx. 20 pages
On Thursday, September 27, 1849, author Edgar Allan Poe left Richmond, Virginia by boat, heading for his home in New York. Poe never reached his destination. After visiting a friend in Baltimore on Se...
34,421 words, approx. 115 pages
With a relatively small volume of work, some fifty poems, a short novel, about seventy short stories, and a roughly equivalent volume of essays, Edgar Allan Poe has exerted a substantial influence o...
8,716 words, approx. 30 pages
Popular but not always respected in his own time, Edgar Poe is significant today not only for the quality of his best work but also for his influence on later writers. His poems were admired, especial...
8,594 words, approx. 29 pages
The story of Edgar Allan Poe's life remains one of the most disputed and slandered in the pages of American biography, despite conscious attempts to revise the story and rehabilitate the life. Decaden...
10,852 words, approx. 37 pages
Edgar Allan Poe 's importance as a short-story writer may be seen in his pioneering contributions to the genre, in his theory of the tale, in the rich variety, meaning, and significance of his stories...
36,222 words, approx. 121 pages
From the perspective of more than a century and a half, the achievements of Edgar Allan Poe as a man of letters are extraordinary. He may be regarded without too much exaggeration as the single most i...
36,304 words, approx. 122 pages
Biography EssayWith a relatively small volume of work, some fifty poems, a short novel, about seventy short stories, and a roughly equivalent volume of essays, Edgar Allan Poe has exerted a substantia...