Episode 26 – Tales by the Fire


First published in 1849, under the title “Hop Frog or: The Eight Chained Orangutans” is one of Poe’s infamous revenge tales, along with The Cask of Amontillado, which we read back in January. Hop Frog first appeared in The Flag of Our Union, a journal which Poe admitted was not respectable in a literary view, but paid well – something that painfully few of the journals Poe was published in could claim. As in Cask, there are rumors that Poe wrote Hop Frog almost as a sort of therapy, most analysts linking the tale to a pair of relationships Poe was developing late in his life, whether romantic or platonic, that were broken up by the gossip-mongering ways of a literary circle led by a woman (Elizabeth F. Eliet) whose own affections Poe had turned down….

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