Edgar Allan Poe is widely known as a master of the macabre—and this
short story, originally published in 1849, is a testament to that.
Poe’s masterpiece of recrimination and revenge depicts a king and his
court as self-indulgent
buffoons. Hop-Frog, a grotesquely deformed dwarf, and his friend Trippetta were
forced to serve as jester for the king and his court. The king’s cruelty drives
Hop-Frog to plan revenge—a terrible, terrible revenge.
It has been suggested
that Poe wrote this story as a form of literary revenge against a woman named
Elizabeth F. Ellet, and several others. Download and start listening now!