2 The Love of His Life – Virginia Clemm( ) "the loss of his wife was a sad blow to him. He did not seem to care, after she was gone, whether he lived an hour, a day, a week or a year; she was his all."
3 A Literary Genius?One of the earliest known American writers of the short storyFirst well-known author to try to earn a living through writing aloneConsidered to be the inventor of the detective-fiction styleConsidered by some to be the creator of the horror, gothic, crime stylesFirst American writer to be more popular in Europe than the USA
4 A Mystery Writer’s Death a Mystery? Died in Baltimore at the age of 40Causes explored and rumored: alcoholism, brain congestion, cholera, drugs, heart disease, rabies, suicide, tuberculosis……found on the streets of Baltimore delirious, "in great distress, and... in need of immediate assistance“(Oct.3,1849)“a depraved, drunk, drug-addled madman”"Edgar Allan Poe is dead. He died in Baltimore the day before yesterday. This announcement will startle many, but few will be grieved by it”(Oct.9,1849)
6 The Cask of Amontillado First published in November 1846Horror short storyA classic Poe work that centers around the victim being buried alive (immurement)Told from the killer’s point of viewThis story does not involve a police investigation
7 Montresor – the narrator/killer His family motto- “Nemo me impune lacessit”( no one can attack me without being punished)His Motive - __________. (Theme or main idea)
8 FortunatoThe VictimNot so fortunate and dressed as a jester at the Carnival, he is made a fool by the killer. This is very ______.