These Poe memes just CRACK ME UP!
Poe was one creepy dude! Check out this fantastic article from the New York Times on the intrigue fans hold for our dear author.
This week have a double header- two great Poe works and one of my personal favorites: The Cask of Amontillado and The Masque of The Red Death.
The Cask of Amontillado is a twisted story about getting revenge on your worst enemy...here's the kicker- we will never know what the enemy did to our narrator to deserve what he gets!
Now The Masque of the Red Death is the story of a wealthy prince who will do whatever it takes to avoid the dangerous plague that is sweeping his town. Now the plague was a contagious, life threatening disease that really turned everything in its path into a HOT MESS! Now while the "Red Death" plague described in the story is completely fictitious, it is probably inspired by tuberculosis (or consumption, as it was known then), since Poe's wife Virginia was suffering from the disease at the time the story was written, not to mention his biological mother, brother, and foster mother all died from it!
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