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Edgar Allen Poe warned of the tragedy of a Trump presidency

To the editor: David Ulin’s op-ed article “A tell-tale Edgar Allan Poe story for Trumpian times” resonates because it is painfully appropriate for our current circumstances, and because it evokes memories of one part of my teaching career.

“The Masque of the Red Death” was one of Edgar Allan Poe’s pieces that my students and I studied together in the high school American literature course I taught. We explored Prospero’s and his courtiers’ character flaws and sought to extract…


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