grouchomarxist writes: "Salon has an article about a cryptograph attributed to a certain W. B.
Tyler, possibly a pseudonym for Edgar Allen Poe. There is a $2500 prize for the
person who solves the cryptograph." The Gold-Bug
, which rates
a mention in the Salon
article, was by far the most spell-binding story in my old Horace Mann Reader, and it's the tale
that first turned me on to The Divine Edgar. Could it be that the reason this cryptograph has remained unsolved for so long is that
it is actually insoluble? Now that
would be the ultimate posthumous practical joke. Even if you have no intention of trying
to solve it, take a look -- the cryptograph itself is strangely hypnotic.