Appraisal of “The Purloined Letter”

Was Edgar Allan Poe really one man? Or, were a series of authors writing on his behalf? These are the questions I am left asking after reading, “The Purloined Letter.” As many of my faithful readers (and fans) can attest, I have written many appraisals regarding Poe’s works. At first, they were the writings of a lovelorn, woe-be-gone maudlin, crying …

The Purloined Letter

“The Purloined Letter”


Appraisal of “The Tell Tale Heart”

Readers! Even during life’s darkest moments, when the death of a dear friend, such as Edgar Allan Poe, has shaken me nearly to the core and caused a dark cloud to descend upon me, I must see through the haze before me and realize that there is important work to be done. The work to which I refer is my …

"The Tell Tale Heart"

“The Tell Tale Heart”


Appraisal of “The Pit and the Pendulum”

Dear Readers, Friends, Even in the face of Edgar Allan Poe’s death (such a startling loss…) we shall valiantly push on, because we know our long-suffering friend, Master Poe, would want it that way. But! Before I delve into my thoughts and continue our series of appraisals focused on his works (now in memoriam), please allow me to exclusively report …

"The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allen Poe

“The Pit and the Pendulum”


Appraisal of “The Raven”

Readers, I am confounded. Truly confounded! First, Master Poe loses his loving and adoring wife, Virginia Clemm Poe, to the white plague. Then he begins to write a series of poems and short-stories about unnamed men who are grief stricken with similar loss. This week, I am appraising his aberrant poem, “The Raven”, in which yet another unidentified protagonist mourns …

"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe

“The Raven”


Appraisal of “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Before I begin my appraisal of Master Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” I must interrupt myself to mention a rather disturbing situation that is becoming quite commonplace. Edgar Allan Poe’s wife, Virginia Clemm Poe, who passed on quite a few years ago, has been seen (and well documented through images, as well as moving photographic pictures – …


“The Fall of the House of Usher”