Review of “The Oval Portrait” (1842)


Edgar Allan Poe (writer).

Read in 2022.

A gravely injured man takes refuge in an abandoned mansion. An unusually lifeflike portrait on the wall catches his attention and he reads a note on its provenance.

On the border between the Todorovian uncanny and the fantastic, because of its strong metaphor of artistic self-destruction.

References here: “The Imp of the Perverse” (1845), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891).

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