Feb 14 2010. I just re-read "The Tell-Tale Heart" for the first time since high school. I took American lit in 11th grade, which would have been 89-90, so it's been 20 years since I read this story. It's one that's always stayed with me, although as a much more mature reader now than at 16, I find the pacing too rapid. I'd like it better if it came to a slower boil, but I suppose that's a matter of taste. But I do appreciate that what Poe did with the unreliable narrator and the use of psychology was ground-breaking for the 1840s. That's why his stuff will never go out of fashion.