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The Tell-Tale Heart

Published: 20.04.2010, Updated: 03.03.2017
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Introduction

If you like stories that give you the creeps, Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart will not let you down. However, you should be warned right away - this short story is not for wimps!

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809. When he died as a 40 year old, he had accomplished reinventing the Gothic tradition of horror tales and thrillers, recreating detective stories and introducing the short story as a new genre. His poetry includes masterpieces such as “The Raven” and “Lenore” where he explores death and the psychological depths of the human mind. Sadly, his source of inspiration may have been his tragic and hectic life. He lost his parents before he turned 3 and had to struggle to overcome disease and poverty. His short life may be blamed on his disastrous addiction to gambling and drugs.

The exploration of death continuously preoccupied Poe. The Tell-Tale Heart is no exception.

If you want to read another Poe text, you may follow the link to "The Raven" in the link collection.

 

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