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Edgar Allan Poe: The Mystery of Edgar Allen Poe
Descend into the dark world and tragic life of the melancholy author who is the uncontested master of the macabre, and hear excerpts from his famous works. He is the uncontested master of the macabre, a genius whose melancholy nature made his own life as tragic as one of his strange tales. Edgar Allan Poe's haunting poems and chilling stories established him as one of the most important men of American letters. But behind his popularity and artistic success was a personal life defined by broken hopes and failure. This extraordinary program tells Poe's complete story, from the death of his parents when he was three, to his tragic collapse on the street at age 40. Dramatic readings recall the devastation of his broken engagement and the loss of his child bride. And experts explore the bouts of depression and addiction that tormented the man and gave birth to his dark and brilliant art. BIOGRAPHY takes an intimate look at one of literature's most complex and fascinating figures.
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The students seem to lose the idea that there is a person behind the literary work, a person with specific life experiences that shaped the writing. And that's what makes it hard to connect to the work itself for many of these students.
This video bridges this gap between the person and his work and, thus, between today's students and Edgar Allan Poe. The story of Poe's life told in this biography makes him much more real to the students.
I definitely noticed a positive difference in their interpretation of his work after we saw this film. Their essays became more honest, more sincere, and more engaged with the texts. Highly recommended!