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HISTORY

The ending of this film was inspired by and includes Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven," written in 1845. According to a pre-production news item, some scenes in the film were planned to be shot at the Poe cottage at Fordham, NY and in Baltimore. The film includes a dissolve from Poe's portrait to actor Henry B. Walthall's face. Actor Burt Weston played his role in ... More Less

The ending of this film was inspired by and includes Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven," written in 1845. According to a pre-production news item, some scenes in the film were planned to be shot at the Poe cottage at Fordham, NY and in Baltimore. The film includes a dissolve from Poe's portrait to actor Henry B. Walthall's face. Actor Burt Weston played his role in blackface. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
16 Oct 15
p. 788.
Motog
20 Nov 15
pp. 1079-80, 1106
MPN
2 Oct 15
p. 47.
MPN
18 Sep 15
p. 2047.
MPN
16 Oct 15
p. 65.
MPN
23 Oct 15
p. 38.
MPN
6 Nov 15
p. 40, 63
MPN
13 Nov 15
p. 42, 47
MPN
20 Nov 15
p. 37.
MPN
27 Nov 15
p. 40, 93
MPN
18 Dec 15
p. 43.
MPW
13 Nov 15
p. 1382.
MPW
20 Nov 15
pp. 1507-08.
NYDM
16 Oct 15
p. 37.
NYDM
20 Nov 15
p. 28.
Variety
12 Nov 15
p. 22.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 November 1915
Copyright Claimant:
Essanay Film Mfg. Co.
Copyright Date:
8 November 1915
Copyright Number:
LP6928
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a brief view of Edgar Allan Poe's family background, his grandfather, David Poe, Sr., an Irish immigrant to America, and his father, David Poe, Jr., the poet's life is depicted from the death of his mother and his subsequent adoption by John Allan, to his own tortured death in 1849. Expelled from the University of Virginia for incurring too many debts, Poe nonetheless courts and marries Virginia Clemm but is disowned by his foster father. While residing in Fordham, New York, Poe tries to earn a living as a writer but meets with little financial success. Overwhelmed by their impoverished state, Virginia dies and Poe sinks into a profound depression. Always a victim of alcohol and subject to hallucinations, Poe first imagines that his neighbor, Helen Whitman, is Virginia, then plunges himself into an elaborate delusion in which his wife's spirit, various other spectres and a raven finally drive him to his own ... +


After a brief view of Edgar Allan Poe's family background, his grandfather, David Poe, Sr., an Irish immigrant to America, and his father, David Poe, Jr., the poet's life is depicted from the death of his mother and his subsequent adoption by John Allan, to his own tortured death in 1849. Expelled from the University of Virginia for incurring too many debts, Poe nonetheless courts and marries Virginia Clemm but is disowned by his foster father. While residing in Fordham, New York, Poe tries to earn a living as a writer but meets with little financial success. Overwhelmed by their impoverished state, Virginia dies and Poe sinks into a profound depression. Always a victim of alcohol and subject to hallucinations, Poe first imagines that his neighbor, Helen Whitman, is Virginia, then plunges himself into an elaborate delusion in which his wife's spirit, various other spectres and a raven finally drive him to his own death. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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