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AND “THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO” Born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, to stage actors, David and Eliza Poe. He was named after “Edgar”, the good son of Shakespeare’s mad “King Lear”. His father left the family when Edgar was one. His mother, desperately poor, died of tuberculosis shortly after, while on a theater tour in …continue reading »
Hans Christian Andersen: The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen was born in a small village, Odense, a hundred miles north of Denmark’s bustling capital, Copenhagen. His father was a poor cobbler who became mentally ill, as did his grandfather. His mother scrubbed the clothes of the rich in the cold river Odense, with legs wrapped in straw and the flask of …continue reading »
Address Unknown: A Warning to America 1938
At Parson’s Nose we make classics more accessible. With that in mind, let us offer some background to Address Unknown by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor. On June 28, 1919, the Allied Powers signed The Treaty of Versailles, ending World War I, in Louis XIV’s Hall of Mirrors. In May of that year, Woodrow Wilson had been …continue reading »