The Gold Bug

The Gold-Bug (1843)

Edgar Allan Poe

Undramatic construction—the climax occurs at the midpoint—undermines this tale of buried treasure in South Carolina. Poe’s penchant for detail is again carried to extremes during a sequence in which one man describes to another how he cracked a simple substitution cipher. The bug of the title (a golden scarab beetle), by the way, has precious little to do with the story.

Reviewed by: Nat Hocken

Rating: 3

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