“Thou Art the Man”

Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “Thou Art the Man” was originally published in 1844.

One of Poe’s early attempts at detective fiction, the story revolves around the murder of the wealthy Barnabas Shuttleworthy and the accusation of his nephew and heir. An absent corpse, a mysterious shipment of wine, and a cunning plot by the shady narrator align to exonerate the innocent and illuminate the guilty. “Thou Art the Man” is highly recommended for lovers of detective fiction, and constitutes a must-read for fans of Poe’s macabre work.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, editor, poet, and critic. Most famous for his stories of mystery and horror, he was one of the first American short story writers, and is widely considered to be the inventor of the detective fiction genre.

We are republishing this vintage text, “Thou Art the Man”, in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s “Thou Art the Man”:

“Matters now wore a very serious aspect for Mr. Pennifeather, and it was observed, as an indubitable confirmation of the suspicions which were excited against him, that he grew exceedingly pale, and when asked what he had to say for himself, was utterly incapable of saying a word. Hereupon, the few friends his riotous mode of living had left him deserted him at once to a man, and were even more clamorous than his ancient and avowed enemies for his instantaneous arrest. But, on the other hand, the magnanimity of Mr. Goodfellow shone forth with only the more brilliant lustre through contrast.”


Here, at edgarallanpoe.co.uk, you can find the best of this fantastic author’s novels, short stories, essays, and poems.

You can also find a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, along with some of his most famous quotes and loved poems.

Through republishing works such as “Thou Art the Man”, it is hoped that the writing of this author of mystery and the macabre, can continue to delight – almost two centuries after its initial publication.