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In what year did the story "The Cask of Amontillado take place?

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amandarachal85 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 30, 2007 at 12:03 AM via web

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In what year did the story "The Cask of Amontillado take place?

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 30, 2007 at 12:13 AM (Answer #1)

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We aren't given the exact year, but we can guess the time period is the eighteenth or nineteenth century based on clues in the story. Montresor's cape, vocabulary, and the torches would seem to indicate one of these centuries. Those who have traced the Montresor family name and the history of Mardi Gras have placed the murder in 1796, according to one person, and in 1787 or 1788 by another expert.

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 31, 2007 at 1:07 PM (Answer #2)

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"The Cask of Amontillado" is a short story, written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in the Godey's Lady's Book, 33, (November, 1846) 216-218.  It is a monthly magazine from Philadelphia that published poems and stories by some of the best American writers of the nineteenth century, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The story next appeared in the collection Poe's Works, edited by Rufus W. Griswold, Poe's literary executor, in 1850. By the time Poe wrote this story, he was already nationally known author. Like Poe's other stories, it has remained in print continuously since 1850."

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