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About the Series. Preface. 1. INTRODUCTION. Edgar Allan Poe and a Heart Grown Sick. 2. LITERATURE. About the Author: Edgar Allan Poe. "The Cask of Amontillado." Discussion Questions. Research Topics. 3. SECONDARY SOURCES. "The Christian Catacombs of Rome: Introduction, History, and Outline of the Catacombs." The Christian Catacombs of Rome. 7 Mar 2003. Istituto Salesiano San Callisto--Roma. 23 Apr. 2003. Poe, Edgar Allan. "To John Allan." 3 Jan. 1831. Edgar Allan Poe Letters Till Now Unpublished in the Valentine Museum. Ed. Mary Stanard. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1925. Poe, Edgar Allan. "To John Allan." 15 Dec. 1831. Edgar Allan Poe Letters Till Now Unpublished in the Valentine Museum. Ed. Mary Stanard. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1925. Poe, Edgar Allan. "To John Allan." 12 Apr. 1833. Edgar Allan Poe Letters Till Now Unpublished in the Valentine Museum. Ed. Mary Stanard. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1925. Poe, Edgar Allan. "Thomas Dunn English." The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ed. James A. Harrison. New York: AMS, 1965. Poe, Edgar Allan. From "The Imp of the Perverse." The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Ed. James A. Harrison. New York: AMS, 1965. Simms,William Gilmore. "Letter to Edgar Allan Poe." July 30, 1846. The Letters of William G. Simms. Ed. Mary Simms Oliphant et. al. Vol. 2. Columbia: U of Carolina P, 1952?1956. Dedmond, Francis P. "'The Cask of Amontillado' and the War of the Literati." Modern Language Quarterly 15.2 (1954). Moss, Sidney P. "Poe and the Saint Louis Daily Reveille." Poe Newsletter 1.2 (1968). White, Patrick. "'The Cask of Amontillado': A Case for the Defense." Studies in Short Fiction 26.4 (1989). Lovecraft, Howard Phillips. From Supernatural Horror in Literature. New York: Dover, 1927. Peeples, Scott. From Edgar Allan Poe Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1998. Platizky, Roger. "Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado.'" Explicator 57.4 (1999). Boutler, Doug. "'Lines on Ale': A Covert Action in the Longfellow War?" ANQ 14.1 (2000). 4. SAMPLE STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER. Biographical Sources for "The Cask of Amontillado." 5. BIBLIOGRAPHY. Works by Edgar Allan Poe. Journals Dedicated to Poe.

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  • Series: Wadsworth Casebook Series for Reading, Research, and Writing
  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (October 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413000428
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413000429
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert N. Schroeter on July 15, 2002
Format: Library Binding
I read this story in college (English 2) and i must say this was probably the best horror story i've ever read.
First, i like to forget about the words he uses for a minute to explain that, although magnificently written, i take the story for how it was meant to be interpreted. And it was meant to leave you with a chill, and a feeling of despair that was so violently left in my stomach that i had to read it again and again.
I can't wait to be sitting around the camp fire to tell this story.
As far as the literary value, i am not shy in saying i didn't understand many of the words, but that's what a dictionary is for, and with the use of both books i came away thrilled with knowing and understanding what is probably one of the best horror stories ever written.
The story is a macabre tail of two men, both upper classmen mindful of their positions in society. One of them; seemingly distraught over past wrongs done, strives to avenge his house by comitting one brutal act. His prey however, does not know his fate until it has met him alone, and face to face...
Big Cheers to Poe for an amazingly entertaining story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
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This is Classic Poe... It was a required reading for me in school but after I read it I was compelled to re-read it. This story captivates the reader, while forcing you to ask, Why? Poe never really gets into the insult that occurred, but it is obivious that Poe is the master of Payback. He takes one of his greatest fears, being buried alive and transcends it into this story. What I find fascinating it the extent that he is willing to go to exact his revenge. Not only is his enemy buried alive, but he knows the person who has committed this endeavor
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Russell on January 22, 2014
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The Case of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe is a classic tale of revenge. Since there are over a dozen posts here, my review will take a particular slant: what German pessimistic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer has to say about the psychology of revenge and how the revengeful narrator in Poe's tale relates to Schopenhauer's insights.

Schopenhauer says we all suffer as the result of nature or chance but, as humans, we recognizes that is simply the way life works. He then writes, "Suffering caused by the will of another, on the other hand, includes a quite peculiar and bitter addition to the pain or injury itself, namely the consciousness of someone else's superiority, whether in point of strength or of cunning, together with that of one's own impotence." It's that person to person dynamic that gives us the real sting; someone intentionally shoves or hits us, humiliates or insults us, and, for whatever reason, we simply take it. This is what happened in the aristocrat-narrator's mind - he was insulted by Fortunato. I say `in the aristocrat-narrator's mind' since we as readers don't know if Fortunato actually intended to insult him.

Schopenhauer sees two phases of compensation for the person who has suffered at the hands of another. 1) direct and legal - a stranger hits us and we take him to court and win a settlement 2) revenge - to deal with the psychological afterglow of the stranger's blow. Here are his words: "Recompense, if possible, can cure the injury done; but that bitter addition, the feeling `and that is what I have to put up with from you' which often hurts more than the injury itself, can be neutralized only by revenge." The narrator says his is not of a nature to merely threat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1998
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The Cask of Amontillado is full of verbal, situational, and dramatic irony.It is wonderfully written, and is one of Poe's best short stories. Poe encorperates his fear of being buried alive into this chilling tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1996
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The Cask of Amontillado is a well written story, but can be hard to read because of the outdated language the narrator uses. The plot is carefully thought out, but again can be hard to pick up on or comprehend. Poe writes this story along the basic story line of many of his other books. The story of a man who gets away with murder is definately one of Poe's favorite tales. If you are fond of strange stories or stories about strange people this book will probably wind up somewhere on your top ten list
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Foster on April 13, 2000
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It seems, like another reviewer stated, that many people miss the point, or possibly even the face value of this work. I read it as a sophomore in high school, that would be two years ago, and can't describe how much I enjoyed it. The vocabulary really isn't very tough, if I recall correctly I was able to extrapolate the meaning of most of the words from the context of their use. If you want to read something that will give you a feeling of uneasy fear in the pit of your stomach, The Cask of Amontillado does just that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1997
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This book has sold me on Poe. I have ordered his complete works from Amazon.Com. Poe takes us around one dark corner after another in this delightfully evil book of revenge. Perfect for someone with a tinge of darkness to them. Best read during the Halloween season to put you in the mood. Pick up this book and then after you delight in it's reading, get more of his books as soon as you can!! Can't you hear Fortunato calling for you??
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