The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe,
an American writer (1809-1849) best known for his mystery and
horror tales. This story, published in 1843, is told from the point of
view of a narrator who is responsible for taking care of an old man
with a clouded, "vulture-like" eye. As the story unfolds, themes of
innocence, guilt, and sanity—favorites of Poe's—are explored
with remarkable power in relatively few words.