Edgar Allan Poe is the perfect author to remember this time of year. He was the father of the macabre and a master of the short story but he was a serious literary critic as well. He was born in 1809 and died in 1849, and in his short life he wrote astonishing number of works. Walt Whitman's essay entitled, "Edgar Poe's Significance" aptly proclaims Poe's genius, "Poe's verses illustrate and intense faculty for the technical and abstract beauty, with the rhyming art to excess, an incorrigible propensity toward nocturnal themes, a demoniac undertone behind every page...there is an indescribable magnetism about the poet's life and reminiscences as well as the poems."
Poe's short story, "The Black Cat" is fantastically gruesome! Even though it was written in 1845, it is scary and so much more. You've got to love the narrator (unreliable and unstable), the beauty of the language, and a look into the dark side of human nature. I had fun re-reading this tonight!
|The Black Cat|
The cat has the last word in the story and these clothes are the last word in fashion for the coming season:
|1950's cat eye glasses|
|Marie Claire China 2011|
|Holly Golightly and her cat mask from the 5 and dime.|
| Reinaldo Lourenço's tribute to Elizabeth Taylor|