Edgar Allan Poe: The Black Cat

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“The Black Cat” (1843), a classic tale of terror by Poe, has been described as combining “several themes that fascinated” the author, including “perversity”, “retribution”, and “reincarnation” (Poe 3:847). It was first published in the Philadelphian Saturday Evening Post (known briefly at that time as the United States Saturday Post) in August of 1843; reprints followed a few years later in Boston’s Pictorial National Library in November of 1848, with a French translation done by Isabelle Meunier appearing in January of 1847 in La Démocratie pacifique, and even a parody being published already in early 1844, written by Thomas Dunn English and called “The Ghost of a Grey Tadpole�…

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Sucur, Slobodan. "The Black Cat". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 January 2014
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