Saturday, March 15, 2008


Edgar Allan Poe
Genre: Short Story
Published: 1843/1992 Oxford Book Collection
Personal Rating: 4/5
(SS) Yearly Count: 4

A man, who insists he is sane, decides to kill an older man because he is disturbed by the older man's eye.

Yep, it's true. I never read this. But I have now! While it is a very short story, it demonstrates what the conscience can do in a big way.


  1. Glad you liked this story, Joy! I still remember the first time I read it back in school. Creeped me out then, and still does!

  2. I read a book of his short stories a few months ago and read this one aloud to hubby in the car. I don't think he really got it. :)

    I've got the collection of short stories you have pictured (edited by Joyce Carol Oates). There are some treasures in there.

  3. Debi ~ He created an incredibly vivid atmosphere. Wooooooooo :)

    Trish ~ Treasures! Please tell!!! :) I bought this one not too long ago specifically for the short story challenge.

  4. This book was used for a short story fiction class my first year of grad school. Irving is always a fun choice as is Samuel Clemens' Cannibalism in the Cars (not sure why he's not referred to as Mark Twain in the contents??), The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic; He by Katherine Anne Porter is powerful. Eudora Welty's Where is the Voice Coming From? (Although I really enjoyed her Why I Live at the P.O. which isn't in this volume). Silko's Yellow Woman, O'Connor, Hurston, Wright, Ellison...ahhh! :) I haven't read them all, but of the ones I have, the only one I remember disliking was Henry James (not a big fan of his). I hope you enjoy!!

  5. I absolutely love Poe, and this one is one of my favorites. Glad you liked it Joy.

  6. Trish ~ Thank you, thank you, thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to list them out for me. They will be checked out first. :) Woo Hoo!

    Susan ~ I 'think' I read Poe before, but I'm really not sure. Whether I did or not, this was very vivid.


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