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The Sphinx


Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Just as the bizarre characters in Poe’s stories have captured the public imagination, so too has Poe himself. He is often seen as a morbid, mysterious figure lurking in the shadows of moonlit cemeteries or crumbling castles. This is the Poe of legend. But much of what we know about Poe is wrong, the product of a biography written by one of his enemies in an attempt to defame the author’s name. The real Poe was born to travelling actors in Boston on January 19, 1809, but within three years both of his parents had died. Poe was taken in by the wealthy tobacco merchant John Allan and his wife Frances Valentine Allan in Richmond, Virginia, while his brother and sister went to live with other families. In The Sphinx, the narrator tells his host about the monster that he saw, the host says he doesn't see anything. The narrator then sees the monster crawling down the hill outside again. One day the narrator is sitting by the window reading a book. He looks up and sees a hideous monster. The terrifying monster lets out a roar, causing the narrator to faint. He thinks that the monster is here to claim his life like how the disease has claimed so many others. The monster had a "Deaths Head" on its skull. It then goes into the forest. You can listen online to free English audiobook “The Sphinx” by Edgar Allan Poe on our website.

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