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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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Credited cast:
Barry O'Moore ... Edgar Allan Poe (as Herbert Yost)
Linda Arvidson ... Virginia Poe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara T. Bracy Clara T. Bracy
Anita Hendrie Anita Hendrie ... Second Publisher's Wife
Arthur V. Johnson ... First Publisher
James Kirkwood
David Miles ... Second Publisher
Charles Perley ... Resident Poet
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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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Country:

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8 February 1909 (USA) See more »

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Edgar Allen Poe See more »

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2 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Edgar Allen Poe (1909)

*** (out of 4)

Short, seven-minute film on the life of Poe (Herbert Yost) sees the author suffering as the woman he loves his slowly dying. Poe goes out to try and sale his stories but ends up getting rejected. You'll notice that the writers name is misspelled in the title and according to the notes on the DVD, historians believed this was the fault of Biograph who rushed this out to capture crowds on the celebration of Poe's centenary birthday. As for the film, it's pretty good as long as you know what not to expect. Those expecting a full bio will be disappointed but Griffith handles the seven-minutes pretty well and delivers a quick and by the numbers picture. Yost does a very good job as Poe and what's shocking is how much they look alike.


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