He's considered the father of the modern day mystery. Yet, he also wrote "The Angel of the Odd," a comedy about being drunk. Poe was even a literary critic, as well as a writer and editor in the era of emerging magazines. While he may have shunned Sullivan's Island as part of his personal history, it stayed with him as a setting for stories. Peeples says he used the Island as the landing point for a balloon that had supposedly crossed the Atlantic in an article for the New York Sun.
The story was fake.
But the place was very real and had already been a launching point for a tale a year earlier. A view from Gold Bug Island. The spit of land is easy to miss unless you know it's there. It's popular today for oyster roasts and weddings. It's size and scent disturb the narrator's senses. The ship sets sail from Charleston. If it wasn't for the First Reads program I would not be able to tell you about this awesome book, that out of the way.
As he once served in the military, being stationed at Fort Moultrie near Charleston, the surrounding area seemed to greatly influence these works.
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Our If it wasn't for the First Reads program I would not be able to tell you about this awesome book, that out of the way. Our narrator visits a friend, William Legrand, who has just found a rare golden bug. Excitement about the discovery is in the air until our next visit. All isn't as it appears, as the nature of the elusive insect is fully revealed. He hears that an old friend, Mr. Wyatt, is also making the journey with his sisters and new wife.
After finally meeting her, it escalates the erratic behavior of the whole party. The sudden appearance of the titular box sets forth a chain of events that brings us on a collision course into madness.
After a seemingly cryptic and tragic event, we are steered to the truth by the Captain. Only Poe could drag you into the murky darkness, slowly letting you see the light that is reality.
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Readers of the time period must have been shocked and horrified by this story. It is the story of eight people attempting to cross the Atlantic in a balloon. Lengthy detail is used to describe their mode of transportation and the mechanics of their flight, making it seem all the more credible. The journey begins outside of Penstruthal, Wales, after a safe three day voyage, they are met with celebration in Charleston. It makes me wonder if we could accomplish the same feat in this day and age. It has a theme of love triumphing over death and the memories that linger.
Anyone can comprehend the feeling of loss whether it be physical or emotional. Now, Poe wasn't the first author to be inspired by this great city nor will he be the last. His love for it is like the aforementioned poem, an eternal love forever immortalized in this kingdom by the sea.
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Reading each of these stories has been an enjoyable and unique experience. Dec 28, Doug rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads. I enjoyed this book on several levels. First, I'll have to admit to not having read Poe since middle school, which in my case was quite a while ago. The collection was concluded by the poem Annabel Lee, which I must have re-read at least six times.
Jones editing was notable for several reasons. First was the excellent timeline of Poe's life which prefaced the volume. I liked it because it gave you just enough information to allow you to put Poe into the proper historical perspective but was succinct enough not to be burdensome. Side bar: If you have not visited the Holy City you are really missing something.
Jones conducts tours there during the season Black Cat Tours and I intend to look him up and take one during my spring visit to Charleston. If you've an interest in Poe you need this volume in your library. Nov 29, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: first-reads , owned. I got this book as a first-reads giveaway. It also introduced me to some new stories that I hadn't read before.
I appreciated the short introductions before the stories giving a little background to Poe's life when he was writing the stories.
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