Stealing Other People’s Homework: The Origin of Poe’s “Hop-Frog”

Hop Frog

 

Over at Mental Floss, Maria J. Perez Cuervo (a frequent contributor to Fortean Times) gives us “The Gruesome Medieval Masquerade That Inspired Edgar Allan Poe

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2 thoughts on “Stealing Other People’s Homework: The Origin of Poe’s “Hop-Frog”

  1. An underrated and compelling story. Poe was smart to draw his inspiration for “Hop-Frog” from an actual historical event. I know that Shakespeare did this quite a lot as well. E.g., for “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” etc., usually by consulting contemporaneous medieval chronicles related to whatever the subject was.

    1. I can’t think of any other shorter works that Poe used historical material for. You’d have to go with his longer works, “The Journal of Julius Rodman” (Washington Irving’s history of the Northwest Fur Trading Company) and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (presumably various accounts of actual sea journeys for some of it).

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