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Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpieces of the macabre are the first taste many high school students get of classic American literature. During his short lifetime, Poe became an international celebrity, a fixture in the saloons of New York City and a guest at the White House. The creator of the detective genre and the godfather of gothic literature, Poe was a pioneer who created a fantastical mixture of beauty and horror, innocence and destruction that found unprecedented popularity with the general public.
During their research for the film ‘The Raven’, screenwriters Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare uncovered a much fuller, richer picture of their subject than they ever expected and incorporated many of their discoveries into the film. ‘The Raven’ is packed with references to his life and work, including images of ravens, hearts and casks of sherry.
Some of the acclaimed stories and poems that can be found peppered throughout the film include “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “A Descent into the Maelstrom in the Bar,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Mask of the Red Death,” “Premature Burial,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” “The Metamorphosis of Narcissus,” “Annabel Lee” and, of course, “The Raven.”
Poe fans will be delighted as they decipher the clues and references hidden in plain sight:
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