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Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother, Mrs. Frances Allan, whose loving ministrations gave him courage to carry out his desire to write. His first love was Elmira Royster, and though she married another while he was at the University of Virginia, he could never purge his thoughts of her and, under the influence of her spell, he poured out the deepest passions of his heart. After a discouraging period during which he was disowned by his foster father and lost his appointment to West Point, he found the love that tamed his restless heart with Virginia Clemm. After he and Virginia married, Poe did his greatest creative work, writing for the Southern Literary Messenger and Graham's Magazine.Written by
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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was acclaimed by many to be America's greatest
writer in the 19th century. As you see he lived but 40 years. But this had to be
a most complex mind to have written the poems and stories he did in that time.
Which you will not get from this biographical film that came from 20th Century
Fox's B picture unit. All we get from him here is he was an alcoholic and he crusaded against the copyright laws which made him sell his work for pittance.
Under today's laws Poe would have been rich. I also think he would have been
as dissipated a person he was in his century as such like F. Scott Fitzgerald and
Eugene O'Neill would have been in this century.
It's obvious this film had a bigger destiny for it, but Darryl F. Zanuck downgraded it to the B picture unit. It might have been something for Tyrone
Power or Don Ameche. Sheppard Strudwick took the lead and he does turn
in a fine performance with very little to work with.
The loves of his life are Virginia Gilmore whom he loses to another and Linda
Darnell his beautiful, but sickly second wife to whom a lot of his work was
A nice film, but way too brief and superficial.
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