THE TELL TALE HEART by Edgar Allan Poe
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Mark Redfield performs Edgar Allan Poe’s famous tale of madness and murder THE TELL-TALE HEART.
THE TELL-TALE HEART was published in Boston in January, 1843, in the premiere issue of James Russell Lowell’s journal THE PIONEER: A LITERARY AND CRITICAL MAGAZINE. The story concerns an unnamed narrator who tries to convince the reader/listener of his sanity, while describing a gruesome murder he committed. (The victim was an old man with a filmy "vulture eye", as the narrator calls it.) The murder is carefully calculated, and the killer hides the body by dismembering it and hiding it under the floorboards. Ultimately the narrator's guilt manifests itself in the form of the sound of the old man's heart still beating under the floorboards. From beyond?? Or from the killer’s guilty imagination? Poe’s immortal story has been adapted into countless films and stage adaptations.