Analysis Of The Book ' The Devil Of The Belfry ' By Edgar Allen Poe

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The satirical short story known as, “The Devil in the Belfry”, was crafted and pieced together by Edgar Allen Poe in the year 1839. The short was first published in a copy of Philadelphia 's Saturday Chronicle and Mirror of the Times. Although this short story is humorous and enjoyable to read, “Three less successful comedies—“Three Sundays in a Week” (1841), “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” (1840), and “The Devil in the Belfry” (1839)—all focus on some act of one-upmanship,” (Steeples 108). The meaning of, “The Devil in the Belfry,” is widely argued and disputed. Some believe the story to be satire of the former American president, Martin Van Buren, who was also Dutch. Within this short story is an underlying satirical political jab, so to speak, at the former president. However, before understanding the story we must understand the author.
Furthermore, Edgar Allen Poe is a very widely regarded author both in America and internationally. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on the day of January 19, 1809 (Poets). He passed away on October 7, 1849 at the age of forty in his home town of Baltimore, where he now rests today (Poe Museum). Edgar Allen Poe was born to traveling actors, and had two siblings, Rosalie and William. Shortly after Poe’s death both his parents passed away and he was taken in by wealthy tobacco merchant John Allen and his wife Valentine. Whom urged him to take up the business trade. Later Poe attended university, but left due to lack…

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