Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart (3305 words)


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“The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) has been described as a “supreme artistic achievement” (Poe 3:789) and is, together with “The Cask of Amontillado”, a fine example of Poe’s later economy of language that was typical of many of his tales of the 1840s. It was first published in the January 1843 edition of James Russell Lowell’s short-lived journal The Boston Pioneer and later slightly revised and published in The Broadway Journal for August 1845, with reprints being carried by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper already as early as January of 1843, and the Spirit of the Times, also in Philadelphia, in August of 1845 (Poe 3:791-2). The first edition of the tale included as an epigraph a …

Citation: Sucur, Slobodan. "The Tell-Tale Heart". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 September 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7893, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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