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The story, while not biographical, is founded on incidents in his life, showing his devotion for his sick wife, Virginia. Desperate from his utter helplessness to ameliorate his dying ... See full summary »

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Barry O'Moore ...
Edgar Allan Poe (as Herbert Yost)
Linda Arvidson ...
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Clara T. Bracy
Anita Hendrie ...
Second Publisher's Wife
Arthur V. Johnson ...
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James Kirkwood
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The story, while not biographical, is founded on incidents in his life, showing his devotion for his sick wife, Virginia. Desperate from his utter helplessness to ameliorate his dying wife's suffering, owing to extreme destitution, he is in a frenzy of grief, when a raven is seen to perch on a bust of Pallas above the door of their cold, cheerless apartment. An inspiration! He sets to work, and that masterpiece. "The Raven," is the fruit. During his work he has divested himself of his coat, putting it over his wife to protect her from the cold. The poem finished, he rushes coatless and hatless to the publisher, where he meets with scant attention. One editor, however, thinks the work possesses some merit and offers ten dollars for it. Ten dollars for the greatest jewel in the diadem of fame - think of it! Poe thinks of the comforts, meager though they needs must be, for his poor wife and accepts the offer. Hastening to the store, he procures food, a heavy comfortable for the cot, and ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Six Minute One-Reelers
25 October 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

D.W. Griffith took inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe (who created the vocabulary for writing short tales) to write this six minute one-reeler. The 108 short films that Griffith made in this year were more like Poe's tales rather than Maupassant's short stories. He was churning them out 2 a week.


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