Horacio Quiroga and Edgar Allan Poe

Great reading over at a blog called Multo! Note: I did not write this – I am reblogging it from Multo…

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Earlier this year I got quite interested in the short stories of the Uruguyan author Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937), and I started translating and posting some of his stories. One of Quiroga’s literary influences was Edgar Allan Poe, with whom he shares a morbid fascination with death and madness. I’m sure Quiroga’s frequent themes of addiction and illness are also partially influenced by Poe, as well.

Horacio Quiroga 1900 Horacio Quiroga, circa 1900. Source: Wikimedia

Quiroga published his breakout collection Cuentos de amor, de locura y de muerte (Tales of Love, Madness and Death) in 1917. By then, his voice was coming into its own, merging Quiroga’s love for Poe with other literary interests, in particular de Maupassant and Kipling, along with Quiroga’s own life experiences living in the jungle province Misiones, in Argentina. But his earlier work shows Quiroga’s love for Poe much more strongly. Several of the stories in his 1904…

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Notes on Notes on Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

From Literary Kicks, here’s a fascinating article written by Michelle Glauser about notes found in a book about Edgar Allan Poe.

Glauser begins:

Have you ever found something in an old book that took you by surprise? It’s not unusual to find a name or maybe even a phone number. Sometimes you’ll find evidence that the book once belonged to a library. But extensive notes and criticism of an author as well-known as Edgar Allan Poe and his biographer? Maybe in a textbook. I certainly wasn’t expecting what I recently found.

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Weird Windows, Mirror Metaphors

Honestly, I planned for this blog entry to be about windows only, but sometimes found myself searching for things like “mirror mystery” instead of “window mystery” and not even realizing it at first. Maybe it’s just me, but I think, at some level, our brains see mirrors as windows, so I decided to go with it. My interest in the use of windows and mirrors in the genres of mystery and weird fiction quickly grew to include film, art, and everything else under the light of the sun.

There’s a Nancy Drew books called The Hidden Window Mystery (Grosset & Dunlap, 1957) by Carolyn Keen, and Poe’s short story, The House of Usher, in which the windows of a mansion resemble eyes.

Check outthe great illustration on The Haunted Museum site of stage magician John Henry Pepper used mirrors to make “spirits” appear.

I am especially happy to have found this “work in progress” by H. J. Krysmanski, Ingrid Lohmann, and Colin MacCabe called Windows: History of a Metaphor. For one thing, it is a very thorough look at mirrors from different angles (pun intended). For another thing, it bears out my idea that a mirror can be seen as a type of window, as evidenced by Chapter Seven of the book, Through the Looking Glass: Virtual Reality in Victorian England.” I enjoyed not only that chapter, but the entire Windows: History of a Metaphor.