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Edgar Allan Poe Stories As Told in Texts

Edgar Allan Poe wrote lots of poems and short stories. He could have just stopped at “The Tell-Tale Heart” and we all would have been fine with it, but he didn’t. Perhaps he knew, somehow, that he was destined to die young—destined to meet his maker at the tender age of 40 due to drugs or cholera or alcohol or rabies, no one’s really sure. In any case, maybe he knew he was short on time and so he used what little time he had to gift us with as many unsettling works of fiction as he could.

In fact, he wrote so many things that you probably haven’t read them all (SLACKER), so here are some of his best as described in texts.