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Thursday, January 15, 2009
Great Openings: Edgar Allan Poe Edition

The First Sentences to 10 Classic Poe Short Stories and One Poem

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

“The mental features discoursed of as the analytical, are, in themselves, but little susceptible of analysis.”

The Purloined Letter

“At Paris, just after dark one gusty evening in the autumn of 18__, I was enjoying the twofold luxury of mediation and meerschaum, in company with my friend, C. Auguste Dupin, in his little black library, or book-closet, au troisieme, No. 33 Rue Dunot, Faubourg St. Germain.”

The Black Cat

“For the most wild yet most homely narrative which I am about to pen, I neither expect nor solicit belief.”

The Fall of the House of Usher

“During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country, and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher.”

The Pit and the Pendulum

“I was sick—sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me.”

The Masque of the Red Death

“The ‘Red Death’ had long devastated the country.”

The Cask of Amontillado

“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could; but when he ventured upon the insult, I vowed revenge.”

The Tell-Tale Heart

“True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad?”

Manuscript Found in a Bottle

“Of my country and of my family I have little to say.”

A Descent into the Maelstrom

“We had now reached the summit of the loftiest crag.”

The Raven

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,/ Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—/ While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,/ As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.”

The Mad and Bad Writings of Edgar Allan Poe

Literary Criticism: The Masque of the Red Death

Great Openings: Mystery Edition

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