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The Tell-Tale Heart

Introduction

The Telltale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe, Resources Resources Resources Resources 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.

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