Astounding news

Astounding News

by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works are full of darkness and mystery, but there was a mischievous side to Poe as well. This passage is from his "Balloon Hoax" where, as a journalist, he writes a false news report about a balloon crossing the Atlantic in 1844. This was totally impossible at the time; indeed, this type of crossing was not made until 1919. Students will read the opening lines of the article and answer questions on the content and the language.