In 1843, author Edgar Allan Poe crafted a haunting story about a man who commits murder because he finds an old mans’ pale eye unsettling. This story, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, is one of many masterfully written stories crafted by the gifted writer. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts but was orphaned at the young age of three. His foster parents surrounded him with material comfort in the city of Richmond, Virginia. As a youth, Poe excelled academically while attending affluent boarding schools and was later accepted to the University of Virginia. Unfortunately, Poe was forced to leave the University after he had compiled considerable gambling debts that he could not repay. His financial circumstances further agitated relations with his foster father so Poe relocated to Boston and enlisted in the United States Army. (Grimm 1) Some of Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works represent American literature’s foremost horror, murder, suspense and detective genres. A perusal through stories like “The Raven”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Fall of the House of Usher” reveal Poe’s view of the dark underbelly of 19th century society. The advancement of time and technology is a normal progression from one era to another. Unfortunately, the conceptualization of senseless murder, deceit and revenge in Poe’s 19th century stories are no different than the events of 20th century news headlines. The famous quote from author Oscar Wilde, "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life", encapsulates the semblance of the works of Poe and the real-life murder of Cherica Adams.
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