Edgar Allan Poe, American poet and master of the horror tale, is also credited by many with inventing the American mystery story. "The Gold Bug" is one of his most famous stories. It was first published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, after Poe had won a competition held by the paper and received a prize of $100.More
First published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, "The Gold Bug" won its author, Edgar Allan Poe, a sum of 100 dollars and was during his lifetime the author's most popular work. Performed in a stentorian and agile voice by Walter Covell, "The Gold Bug" features a treasure-seeker who is rendered possibly insane by the bite of a golden bug, his black servant (spoken in a dialect that may offend sensitive ears), the swampy locale of an island in South Carolina, buried treasure, and one of the most famous cryptograms in all of literature. A perennial delight, "The Gold Bug" was also the inspiration for that other tale of buried treasure, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
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Yes, but mostly as a reminder of how formal Poe's writing style is.
No, it has the nostalgic atmosphere of certain old movies.
His impersonation of a black man was as borderline racist as the old story seems to demand; I was close to laughing many times though not necessarily for the right reasons.
No, it is an inconsequential little story mostly concerned with one character's desire to show how clever he is at the decryption of cyphers, though it is interesting in that regard.
One lengthy passage is concerned with the details of an encoded message. It would have been a detail glanced at on paper but the narrator reads out every character. It is astonishing how long this takes. At least two minutes of reading out gibberish.