What was Poe's inspiration for his short story "The Cask of Amontillado?"
Fortunately, we have fairly substantial evidence that Poe may have read a work by Reverend Joel Tyler Headley titled Letters from Italy (1845) in which Headley recounts an incident eerily similar to the central event of "The Cask of Amontillado," and, more important, facts suggest that Poe read parts or the whole of Letters from Italy. We know, for example, that one of Reverend Headley's Letters appeared in The Columbian Magazine in August, 1844, which also printed Poe's article "Mesmeric Revelation," and that Poe sent copies of this issue to at two friends.
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