Edgar Allan Poe Un-Masqued: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gothic Writer

What you don't know'bout Poe

You’d be hard-pressed to find a student that doesn’t enjoy (or, at the very least, find interesting) one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories—even if you polled the most literature-hating students, they’d still be able to quoth the raven everslightly.

Poe’s stories and poems have a unique staying power with many readers, whether they’re keen on his Dark Romantic writing or hungry to latch onto anything taught in class to fuel angst-ridden high school years (*cough* totally was me *cough*). If the questions we get on eNotes are any indication of readers’ endless fascinations of Poe…it holds completely true. Our Homework Help content library is chock full of interesting questions that delve into Poe’s writing style, explain his important influences, and reveal some quirky bits of trivia. They are asked by students seeking essay help and by casual readers looking to expand their knowledge alike. Did you know that Poe had his own Sherlock-esque character, or that gifts mysteriously appear on his tombstone? If not, read on. Continue Reading ›

If This Grumpy Cat Could Talk…

Literature’s grumpiest quotes meet Tardar Sauce, the world’s grumpiest cat.

Noël Coward

Edgar Allen Poe

Jane Austen

A. N. Wilson

Friederich Nietzche

–George Orwell, 1984

What other grumpy quotes could we make Tardar Sauce say?

Let’s get catankerous, people.

“The Tell-Tale Heart” Animated, But Not for Children

The film that you are about to see is based on a story told a hundred years ago by America’s greatest writer of drama and suspense…

So begins the 1953 animated adaptation of Poe’s sinister masterpiece, “The Tell-Tale Heart.” In case its medium suggested at all that this might be one for the kiddies, the British Board of Film Censors was quick to brand this short film as the first X-rated cartoon in Britain’s cinematic history. Watch it in all its antiquated eeriness above. Just try not to hear your heart thump when you hear James Mason read the line

“But why will you say that I am mad?”