The Black Cat (American Roots)

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Edgar Allan Poe, the father of American horror fiction, first published his macabre short story “The Black Cat” in the August 19, 1843 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. The frightening tale of a murderer tormented by guilt over his terrible deeds is a classic. The narrator’s admission that much of his bad behavior and deranged thinking is the result of demon alcohol is possibly autobiographical, as Poe himself struggled with alcoholism throughout his life. This short work is part of Applewood’s “American Roots,” series, tactile mementos of American passions by some of America’s most famous writers and thinkers.

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In this essay from 1894, Muir describes the grandeur of the winds at play in the forests, with stunning and musical detail about the trees of the Sierra and their individual reaction to the wind. Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay “Circles” reflects on the endless circles found in nature, and the fluidity of the universe. Originally published in 1886, it’s a coming-of-age story about a young city girl now living with her grandmother in the country. London recounts his time at sea, including travels on fishing schooners and coal ships but mostly on small sailboats on San Francisco Bay. In schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and his adversary the Headless Horseman, Irving created two of the most unforgettable characters in American literature. Twain’s humorous and satirical voice is in full flower, as he discusses the universal pastime of lying, and suggests that judicious lying should be encouraged and cultivated…

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Applewood Books; Reprint edition (March 31, 2016)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1429096233
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1429096232
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.2 ounces
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 4.25 x 0.34 x 6.75 inches

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