The Cask of Amontillado

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"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado" ) is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book.wikipedia
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"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado" ) is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book.
Classic stories are "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and the first detective story, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue".

South Boston

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An apocryphal legend holds that the inspiration for "The Cask of Amontillado" came from a story Poe had heard at Castle Island (South Boston), Massachusetts, when he was a private stationed at Fort Independence in 1827.
Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Castle Island for five months in 1827 and was inspired to write The Cask of Amontillado based on an early Castle Island legend.

The Premature Burial

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Immurement, a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured in other works by Poe, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Premature Burial", "The Black Cat", and "Berenice".
"The Cask of Amontillado"

The Black Cat (short story)

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Immurement, a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured in other works by Poe, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Premature Burial", "The Black Cat", and "Berenice". As in "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe conveys the story from the murderer's perspective. Roger Corman's 1962 anthology film Tales of Terror combines the story with another Poe story, The Black Cat This loosely adapted version is decidedly comic in tone, and stars Peter Lorre as Montresor (given the name Montresor Herringbone) and Vincent Price as Fortunato Luchresi. The amalgamation of the two stories provides a motive for the murderer: Fortunato has an affair with Montresor's wife.
The middle segment of director Roger Corman's 1962 anthology film Tales of Terror combines the story of "The Black Cat" with that of another Poe tale, "The Cask of Amontillado." This version stars Peter Lorre as the main character (given the name Montresor Herringbone) and Vincent Price as Fortunato Luchresi.

Godey's Lady's Book

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"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado" ) is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book.
He also published several other works in the magazine: "A Tale of the Ragged Mountains" (April 1844), "The Oblong Box" (September 1844), "Thou Art the Man" (November 1844), and "The Cask of Amontillado" (1846).

Terroir (film)

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in 2014, Keith Carradine starred in Terroir, a feature length film adaptation by John Charles Jopson.
It is based on Edgar Allan Poe's short story "The Cask of Amontillado".

The Fall of the House of Usher

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Immurement, a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured in other works by Poe, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Premature Burial", "The Black Cat", and "Berenice".
Along with "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Fall of the House of Usher" is considered among Poe's most famous works of prose.

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"The Cask of Amontillado" (sometimes spelled "The Casque of Amontillado" ) is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in the November 1846 issue of Godey's Lady's Book.
"The Cask of Amontillado"

Berenice (short story)

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Immurement, a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured in other works by Poe, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Premature Burial", "The Black Cat", and "Berenice".
Being buried alive (see also "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Premature Burial" – being buried alive is also very briefly mentioned in "How to Write a Blackwood Article" as a source of possible inspiration for The Signora Psyche Zenobia)

Tales of Terror

Roger Corman's 1962 anthology film Tales of Terror combines the story with another Poe story, The Black Cat This loosely adapted version is decidedly comic in tone, and stars Peter Lorre as Montresor (given the name Montresor Herringbone) and Vincent Price as Fortunato Luchresi. The amalgamation of the two stories provides a motive for the murderer: Fortunato has an affair with Montresor's wife.
The film uses an anthology format, presenting three short sequences based on the following Poe tales: "Morella", "The Black Cat" (which is combined with another Poe tale, "The Cask of Amontillado"), and "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar".

The Tell-Tale Heart

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As in "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart", Poe conveys the story from the murderer's perspective.
The film Nightmares from the Mind of Poe (2006) adapts "The Tell-Tale Heart" along with "The Cask of Amontillado", "The Premature Burial" and "The Raven".

Castle Island (Massachusetts)

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An apocryphal legend holds that the inspiration for "The Cask of Amontillado" came from a story Poe had heard at Castle Island (South Boston), Massachusetts, when he was a private stationed at Fort Independence in 1827.
Edgar Allan Poe learned of the legend while serving on Castle Island in the Army, and his short story "The Cask of Amontillado" is said to be based on it.

Immurement

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Immurement, a form of imprisonment, usually for life, in which a person is placed within an enclosed space with no exit, is featured in other works by Poe, including "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Premature Burial", "The Black Cat", and "Berenice". Like several of Poe's stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive – in this case, by immurement.
This form of death appears in several of Edgar Allan Poe's works, including "The Cask of Amontillado".

Nemo me impune lacessit

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During their walk, Montresor mentions his family coat of arms: a golden foot in a blue background crushing a snake whose fangs are embedded in the foot's heel, with the motto Nemo me impune lacessit ("No one attacks me with impunity").
It is also referenced in the Edgar Allan Poe story "The Cask of Amontillado" (Poe was adopted by a Scottish merchant), and in Stanislaw Lem's Fiasco.

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Poe wrote his tale, however, as a response to his personal rival Thomas Dunn English.
Poe's story "The Cask of Amontillado" was written as a response, using very specific references to English's novel.

Sherry

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For example, Fortunato comments on another nobleman being unable to distinguish amontillado from sherry when amontillado is in fact a type of sherry, and treats De Grave, an expensive French wine, with very little regard by drinking it in a single gulp.
Many literary figures have written about sherry, including William Shakespeare, Benito Pérez Galdós, and Edgar Allan Poe (in his story "The Cask of Amontillado").

Catacombs

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Fortunato goes with Montresor to the wine cellars of the latter's palazzo, where they wander in the catacombs.
"The Cask of Amontillado"

An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe

In 1970, Vincent Price included a solo recitation of the story in the anthology film An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe. The production features Montresor recounting the story to an unseen guest in a vast, empty dining room.
The stories included are: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Sphinx", "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Pit and the Pendulum".

Amontillado

Montresor lures Fortunato into a private wine-tasting excursion by telling him he has obtained a pipe (about 130 gallons, 492 litres) of what he believes to be a rare vintage of Amontillado.
Amontillado features prominently in the well-known short story by Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado".

Fort Independence (Massachusetts)

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An apocryphal legend holds that the inspiration for "The Cask of Amontillado" came from a story Poe had heard at Castle Island (South Boston), Massachusetts, when he was a private stationed at Fort Independence in 1827.
Edgar Allan Poe, while serving with the 1st United States Artillery Regiment at Fort Independence in 1827, purportedly heard the tale and was inspired by it, according to Snow, to write "The Cask of Amontillado".

John Jopson

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in 2014, Keith Carradine starred in Terroir, a feature length film adaptation by John Charles Jopson.
In 2013 Jopson wrote and directed the feature film "Terroir" based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado".

Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Alan Parsons Project album)

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In 1976, The Alan Parsons Project released an album titled Tales of Mystery and Imagination with one of the tracks called "The Cask of Amontillado".
"The Cask of Amontillado"

Edgar Allan Poe in television and film

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Perhaps most well-known are the B-films directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price: House of Usher, The Premature Burial, starred Ray Milland and Hazel Court, with Price notably absent. The Haunted Palace (1963) steals the title of Poe's poem, but is more closely derived from the works of H. P. Lovecraft, in particular The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Corman hoped to remove himself from Poe adaptations and turned The Raven into a comedic effort. Likewise, the middle segment in Tales of Terror, based on "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado", is intended to be humorous.

The Pit and the Pendulum (1991 film)

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The film is an amalgamation of the aforementioned story with other Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado", and it also appropriates the anecdote of "The Sword of Damocles", reassigning it to the character of Torquemada.

Serpent (symbolism)

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Edgar Allan Poe's famous short story "The Cask of Amontillado" invokes the image of the serpent as a symbol for petty vengefulness.