Review of “The Assignation” (1834)


Edgar Allan Poe (writer).

Read in 2022.

In Venice, a child slips from its mother’s arms into the canal. Unable to swim, it is rescued by a man who is a stranger to all, despite Europe’s ringing with his unmentioned name.

An almost plotless romantic fantasy. The early Poe’s purple prose is cute.

References here: Lord of the World (1907), Death in Venice (1912).

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