Born in Massachusetts to a family of merchants and seamen, Clapp traveled to Paris to translate the socialist writing
The haunting, "trembling" image of a lost lover is captured in the form of a shadow on the narrator's chamber wall. It follows him and is a part of him; he both eludes it and longs for it. The shadow grows less afraid as time passes and begins to dance. The narrator reveals the image's identity: his dead lover Adelaide.
The editorial comments in the third issue of The Saturday Press include a listing of the contents of the first issue, attributing "The Shadow on the Wall" to Henry Clapp.
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