William Wilson

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

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William Wilson discovers in the school that there is a student with his same name and surname, entered the same day as him in the school and was born on the same date as his birthday.

The superiority that his alter ego exercises over him begins to become an obsession… William Wilson is one of Poe’s classic stories, in which the Baltimore writer becomes one of the pioneers by presenting us with the figure of the double, the other self, the one that at any moment can take away the most precious thing in our lives, that is, identity.

Poe’s masterly psychological portrait can be found in several of his most famous anthologies.


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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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