The Gold Bug [NOOK Book]

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The Gold-Bug" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

When William Legrand becomes obsessed with searching for treasure after being bitten by a scarab-like bug thought to be made of pure gold, he notifies his closest friend, the narrator, telling him to immediately come visit him at his home on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina.

Legrand captured the bug but let someone else...
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The Gold Bug

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Overview

The Gold-Bug" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe.

When William Legrand becomes obsessed with searching for treasure after being bitten by a scarab-like bug thought to be made of pure gold, he notifies his closest friend, the narrator, telling him to immediately come visit him at his home on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina.

Legrand captured the bug but let someone else borrow it; so he draws a picture of the bug instead. The narrator says that the image looks like a skull. A month later, Jupiter, another character in the story, visits the narrator and asks him to return to Sullivan's Island on behalf of his master. Legrand, he says, who has been acting very strangely.

The story involves cryptography and secret writing codes, which was popular among readers at the time it was published.

This particular work by Poe was written for a contest, and it ended up winning the grand prize of $100. It was published in three installments, beginning in June 1843, and quickly became one of Poe’s most-read short stories.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012642271
  • Publisher: Jeanne Gibson
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 184 KB

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849, was an American writer, poet, and editor who has been credited with being the father of modern detective-fiction. His short stories, especially, “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and “The Premature Burial,” are often included in high school literature classes, and who could ever forget the haunting line, “Quoth the raven, ‘Nevermore,’” from his well-known poem, The Raven?

His real name was Edgar Poe, but he was raised by the Allan family of West Virginia, who took him in after the death of his mother. His father had abandoned the family years earlier.

After failing at an army career, Poe turned to writing poetry and later switched his focus to prose which included short stories, literary criticism, and an effort at writing a journal of his own life. Unfortunately, this last endeavor was cut short when he died at the young age of 40.
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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Reply to reviewer who received incomplete copy of download.

    I reviewed this title and found the download to be satisfactory. Perhaps the purchaser who experienced a problem did not wait until his download was complete before opening the book.

    Check with Barnes & Noble to ask if you can download another copy for free.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Cool

    Very short interesting story about 83 pages!!

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    no end

    and the story stops at page 102 because................WHY.....????? poco

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