The Gold Bug

The Gold Bug

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by Edgar Allan Poe
     
 

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According to Wikipedia: ""The Gold-Bug" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears him to be going insane and goes to Legrand's friend, an unnamed narrator who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two

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According to Wikipedia: ""The Gold-Bug" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe. Set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the plot follows William Legrand, who was recently bitten by a gold-colored bug. His servant Jupiter fears him to be going insane and goes to Legrand's friend, an unnamed narrator who agrees to visit his old friend. Legrand pulls the other two into an adventure after deciphering a secret message that will lead to a buried treasure. The story is often compared with Poe's "tales of ratiocination" as an early form of detective fiction. Poe became aware of the public's interest in secret writing in 1840 and asked readers to challenge his skills as a code-breaker. Poe took advantage of the popularity of cryptography as he was writing "The Gold-Bug" and the success of the story centers on one such cryptogram. The character of Jupiter has been criticized as racist from a modern perspective especially because his speech is written in dialect and because of his often-comical dialogue. Poe submitted "The Gold-Bug" as an entry to a writing contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. His story won the grand prize and was published in three installments, beginning in June 1843. The prize also included $100, likely the largest single sum Poe received for any of his works. "The Gold-Bug" was an instant success and was the most popular and most widely-read of Poe's works during his lifetime. It also helped popularize cryptograms and secret writing."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455410101
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
04/01/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
116 KB

Meet the Author


An extremely versatile writer best known for his tales of terror and the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe holds a remarkable place in the history of American literature. Poet and novelist Tobias Hill was named as one of the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' poets in 2004. His latest poetry collection is 'Nocturne in Chrome and Sunset Yellow'.

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The Gold-Bug 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Praise75 More than 1 year ago
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.
Kate Castillo More than 1 year ago
Very short interesting story about 83 pages!!
patio14 More than 1 year ago
and the story stops at page 102 because................WHY.....????? poco