11 September, 2013 by

002 – Le Duc de L’Omelette


Categories: Podcast Episodes

192_566221775473_388_nThis month we discuss one of Poe’s early tales the Duc De L’Omelette. A comic piece mixing French culinary perfection with the screams of the damned.

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Apologies for the poor sound quality in parts of this episode, Guy’s microphone has been taken outside and shot.

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2 Responses to 002 – Le Duc de L’Omelette

  1. etopp62

    WRT the supposedly anachronistic references to a “Duc” in this story: when Poe was writing, France was again a monarchy (between Napoleon and the 2nd Republic). Also, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was published in 1831 so perhaps its medieval French setting inspired Poe?

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