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The Hum Bug
Pocket, Nov 2001, 25.00, 400 pp. ISBN: 0671041150 Edgar Allan Poe is unable to feed his family on the wages he makes as a journalist/editor in Philadelphia. He relocates, with his family, to New York City where writing opportunities are much better. When he sees a handbill for the P.T. Barnum's American Circus, Edgar turns irate because he knows that at least one falsehood exists on the handbill he was given. He confronts Barnum, but obtain...
The Mask of Red Death
Ballantine, Aug 2004, 24.95, 308 pp. ISBN: 0345448413 In 1845, the Raven and several scathing reviews in newspapers have brought fame to Edgar Allan Poe. He relocated to Manhattan accompanied by his fragile spouse and his mother-in-law. However, the city is in an angry uproar as someone is killing and scalping people. The locals believe that Indian Chief Wolf Bear, working in P.T. Barnum's sideshow, is the serial killer and a lynch mob forms. ...