Edgar Allan Poe: Hop-Frog

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Edgar Allan Poe published “Hop-Frog” in 1849 in The Flag of Our Union in an attempt to “get out of my pecuniary difficulties” (Ostrom II 1966: 425). While the connection between “Hop-Frog” and its author’s life has long been recognized, many of the critical articles written about “Hop-Frog” fall into one of two camps: in some reviews, the character is seen as Poe himself, ravaged by the effects of alcohol and sneering at the critics who had panned his work. Robert Shulman (1970: 252) argues that “Hop-Frog” was “one of modern literature’s most moving versions of the tortured, alienated artist”. Shulman finds the story to be Poe’s sad image of …

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McQuillan, Jennifer . "Hop-Frog". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2013; last revised .
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