Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

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“The Masque of the Red Death” (1842) is considered by Poe scholar T.O. Mabbott a “masterpiece” among his “very short stories” (Poe 2:667). Originally published for Graham’s Magazine in May of 1842 under the title “The Mask of the Red Death. A Fantasy”, reprints followed in the Baltimore Saturday Visiter and The Literary Souvenir of Lowell, Massachusetts, both in that same year. By July of 1845, the text was published under its now well-known title in The Broadway Journal (Poe 2:670). Poe made minor revisions to the tale prior to its later reprinting in 1845, with the most obvious change being the title itself, which now emphasises the masquerade that takes place rather than any …

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Citation: Sucur, Slobodan. "The Masque of the Red Death". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 November 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=206, accessed 06 February 2023.]

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