Illustration of The Telltale Heart by Harry Clarke, 1919  Harry Clarke - Printed in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919.

Illustration of The Telltale Heart by Harry Clarke, 1919

Harry Clarke - Printed in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919.

 Wednesday, November 7
TRUE! – nervous – very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses – not destroyed – not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily – how calmly I can tell you the whole story.”
Edgar Allan Poe, The Tell-Tale Heart

So begins the story that the children privy to the evening never forgot.
Nor did the story-teller.

The only light in the plushly-carpeted room coming from the flashlight used to illuminate the pages for the reader.

The absorption in the story rewarding.

Fifteen of us crowded in.
No complaining.
No screens.
Really scared.

Knotting ties.

November 7
Quiz Question of the Day:
Who was Edgar Allen Poe?


1849 "Annie" daguerreotype of Poe
Unknown; most likely George C. Gilchrest, Samuel P. Howes, James M. Pearson, or Andrew J. Simpson, all of Lowell, MA - and
Daguerreotype of Edgar Allan Poe, known as the "Annie" Daguerreotype.

Second from left:
This plaque in Boston marks the approximate location where Edgar Poe was born.
Swampyank at en.wikipedia
My 2008 photo of the Edgar Allan Poe birthplace plaque in Boston, MA.

Second from right:
In 1835, Poe, then 26, obtained a license to marry his 13-year-old cousin Virginia Clemm.
They were married for eleven years until her early death, which may have inspired some of his writing.

Edgar Allan Poe is buried at Westminster Hall in Baltimore, Maryland (Lat: 39.29027; Long: −76.62333). The circumstances and cause of his death remain uncertain.
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Photo of Edgar Allan Poe's Monument/Gravestone in Westminster Hall and Burying Ground, photo taken July 2, 2010

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Can’t wait to try it!


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And Marc, your efforts will be well rewarded. But you’ll be spoiled and will not enjoy chowder in restaurants as much.

City Life:
When is it too early for the segue into the Christmas season?
Certainly not November 4 in Boston’s Downtown Crossing where Macy’s is installing their tree.

Tagging Today
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
My 211th consecutive posting.
Time is 12.01am.
Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 59* and will be sunny.

Dinner is Roast Turkey, again, made fresh with the addition of a delicious stuffing. Recipe tomorrow.

Answer to Quiz Question of the Day:
Edgar Allan Poe (born: Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic.
Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story.
Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction.
He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

1845 portrait of Poe by Samuel Stillman Osgood
Samuel Stillman Osgood - National Portrait Gallery

Second from left:
Illustration by French impressionist Édouard Manet for the Stéphane Mallarmé translation of "The Raven", 1875. Digitally restored.
Édouard Manet - Library of Congress

Illustration by Édouard Manet for a French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven".
Part 3 of 4 full page.

Second from right:
An illustration of the Raven

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial CE

Poe was born in Boston, the second child of two actors. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year.
Thus orphaned, the child was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia.
They never formally adopted him, but Poe was with them well into young adulthood.
Tension developed later as John Allan and Poe repeatedly clashed over debts, including those incurred by gambling, and the cost of secondary education for Poe.

He attended the University of Virginia but left after a year due to lack of money.
Poe quarreled with Allan over the funds for his education and enlisted in the Army in 1827 under an assumed name.
It was at this time that his publishing career began, albeit humbly, with the anonymous collection Tamerlane and Other Poems (1827), credited only to "a Bostonian".
With the death of Frances Allan in 1829, Poe and Allan reached a temporary rapprochement.
However, Poe later failed as an officer cadet at West Point, declaring a firm wish to be a poet and writer, and he ultimately parted ways with John Allan.

Poe switched his focus to prose and spent the next several years working for literary journals and periodicals, becoming known for his own style of literary criticism.
His work forced him to move among several cities, including Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City.
In Richmond in 1836, he married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin.

In January 1845, Poe published his poem "The Raven" to instant success. His wife died of tuberculosis two years after its publication. For years, he had been planning to produce his own journal The Penn (later renamed The Stylus), though he died before it could be produced.
Poe died in Baltimore on October 7, 1849, at age 40; the cause of his death is unknown and has been variously attributed to alcohol, "brain congestion", cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis, and other agents.

Poe and his works influenced literature in the United States and around the world, as well as in specialized fields such as cosmology and cryptography.
Poe and his work appear throughout popular culture in literature, music, films, and television.
A number of his homes are dedicated museums today.
The Mystery Writers of America present an annual award known as the Edgar Award for distinguished work in the mystery genre.

If the blog isn’t satisfying help yourself to the pocketbook contents.

If the blog isn’t satisfying help yourself to the pocketbook contents.

A November 7, Wednesday “Good Morning!”
We’ve talked about Poe’s “The Telltale Heart, parenting and knotting ties with children, city life as the seasons transition, and the genius himself, Edgar Allan Poe.

And we’ve looked at some images.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook? (new photo installed)

Have a good day, my friends.
See you soon.