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Read Edgar Allan Poe's satire of transcendentalism, "Never Bet the Devil Your Head"

“Never Bet the Devil Your Head”


Edgar Allan Poe

Con tal que las costumbres de un autor,” says Don Thomas de las Torres, in the preface to his “Amatory Poems” “sean puras y castas, importo muy poco que no sean igualmente severas sus obras”- meaning, in plain English, that, provided the morals of an author are pure personally, it signifies nothing what are the morals of his books. 3,973 more words


The Philosophy of Composition >> Edgar Allan Poe

CHARLES DICKENS, in a note now lying before me, alluding to an examination I once made of the mechanism of “Barnaby Rudge,” says- “By the way, are you aware that Godwin wrote his ‘Caleb Williams’ backwards? 4,585 more words

American Literature

Review: The Fall by Bethany Griffin

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. 336 more words


Poe in Providence

American Antiquarian Society

Another iconic image of Edgar Allan Poe, looking every inch the ill-starred poet. Taken in Providence, Rhode Island in 1848, it has a rather magnificent case.


Edgar Allan Poe in Daguerreotypes

Daguerreotype by William Hartshorn, 1848
Brown University Library

Anonymous daguerreotype, May-June 1849
J. Paul Getty Museum


The familiar image of Edgar Allan Poe is vouchsafed us almost entirely through the medium of daguerreotypy. 89 more words


The Tell-Tale Phelps

Wrapping up “7 days of Michael Phelps,” a little Poe:

Sorry for putting you all through this.