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Her name was Virginia Clemm, and she was his cousin. When Poe, age 27, married her, she was just 13. How and why they wed is the strangest of Poe’s grim tales.
Literary fiction breaks many of the rules of conventional novel writing. But are there some rules that can’t be broken?
A guide to what makes hoaxes, memes and fake news spread
Listeners are abandoning radio and advertisers are steadily dropping out. But they’re not the biggest threats. It’s something a lot simpler.
When it comes to genre fiction, novel length is not an artistic choice. Why is this the case? Who decides how short is too short for a novel?
If memory is unreliable, is there really any difference between a novel and a memoir? The answer is more complicated than you might think.
You will say that I am mad—for who but a madman could devise so remarkable a species of vengeance, marked by such intricate dissimulation, such exquisite cunning?
This is one of the easiest: “On Monday, I sold 3/7 of my pears; on Tuesday, I sold 16 more than 1/2 of the remainder, and had 20 pears left. How many had I at first?”