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LIFE IN DEATH. See THE OVAL PORTRAIT LIGEIA. Short story [Museum, 18 September 1838]. The husband of Ligeia relates the story of his love for her and ·of their marriage. Following her death he marries again; his second wife, Rowena, also falls ill and apparently dies. After a series of revivifications he discovers, whilst under the influence of opium, that the body is not that of Rowena but of the lady Ligeia. THE LIGHTHOUSE. The last short story written by Poe, left unfinished and found among his papers after his death.
Short story [SLM, May 1835]. The narrator, who An Edgar Allan Poe Dictionary 47 has a splendidly developed nose, shoots an opponent's nose off in a duel. He is then told by his father that it is his opponent who is the real hero: 'the greatness of a lion is in proportion to the size of his proboscis, but .... there is no competing with a lion who has no proboscis at all'. THE LITERARY LIFE OF THINGUM BOB, ESQUIRE. Short story [SLM, December 1844]. A satirical attack on literary charlatans: an aspiring writer copies out passages from Dante, Shakespeare and Homer and submits them to various magazines under a pseudonym; all are rejected as being devoid of literary merit.
THE GOLD-BUG. Short story [Dollar ,June 1843]. The narrator relates how a close friend, William Legrand, unearths the treasure buried by the pirate Captain Kidd. The story, one of Poe's most celebrated tales, is notable for its ingenious solution of a cryptogram. THE HAPPIEST DAY, THE HAPPIEST HOUR. Poem ( 1827], originally untitled: a lament for past happinesses which can never be regained. THE HAUNTED PALACE. Poem [Museum, April 1839]. ' In addition to being published separately as a poem it also forms part of the short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher'.
An Edgar Allan Poe Companion: A guide to the short stories, romances and essays by J R Hammond