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  1. 1. EDGAR ALLEN POEEFFECTING AMERICAN CULTURE TODAY
  2. 2. BEFORE WE HAD STEPHEN KING
  3. 3. BEFORE WE HAD DEAN KOONTZ
  4. 4. EVEN BEFORE BRAM STOKER
  5. 5. BACKGROUNDBorn January 19, 1809, the same year Abraham Lincoln was bornHis parents were actors living in near povertyHis father abandoned him at age one, his mother died of tuberculosis when he was threeRaised by the wealthy Allan family, John and Francis, they gave him his middle name“Allan”, but never adopted himHe married his first cousin, Virginia Clem, she was only 13 and he was 27Tuberculosis takes the lives of his mother, foster mother, his wife and his older brother.All were 24 years old at the time of their deathsDied on October 7th, 1849, the circumstances still a mystery to this day
  6. 6. Inspired by a life filled with nothing but death and tragedy
  7. 7. Ironically his tragic life and enemy’s attacks on hischaracter propelled him into the spotlight of fame
  8. 8. H I S M A S T E R W O R K S O F L I T E R AT U R E C A N B E F O U N D I N E V E R Y F O R M O F M E D I A A N D A R E J U S T A S R E L E VA N T A N D J U S T A S F R I G H T E N I N G A S T H E D AY T H E Y W E R E W R I T T E N B U T “ ” S T A N D S A L O N E A S H I S G R E AT E S T A N D M O S T I N F L U E N T I A L W O R KFirst published in the New York Evening Mirror in January 1845This narrative poem chronicles the thoughts of the protagonist and hisconversation with an ominous creature perched on a bust over theentryway; a raven with a one word vocabulary “NEVERMORE”This poem earned Poe only fourteen dollarsLaunched him to stardom along with his ominous friend the ravenThe raven, nearly overnight, became one of the most feared creatures inAmericaPenned by Poe while his child bride lay dying of tuberculosis
  9. 9. TH E R AVEN, STI LL LI VES I N AMER I CAN’S MI NDS AND TH E MEDI AThe professional football team from Baltimore adopted the name “The Ravens” and their teammascot is a live raven named, appropriately enough, “Poe”University of Virginia, where Poe attended, has preserved Poe’s dorm room as a museum and ismaintained by an elite fraternity named, “The Raven Society”, considered the oldest and mostprestigious honor society at the universityThe Raven inspired several movies including a Roger Corman production in 1963 starringVincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff and a young Jack NicolsonHalloween episode of ”The Simpsons” animated TV series “Treehouse of Horror I” featuredthe character Lisa Simpson reading a verbatim rendition of the original poem with HomerSimpson as the main character and Bart Simpson as the RavenExcellent “You Tube” renditions by Vincent Price, James Earl Jones and Christopher Walken2012 movie release “The Raven” starring John Cusack. loosely based on Poe’s lifeProfessional wrestler Scott Anthony uses the ring name “The Raven”
  10. 10. O T H E R N O T E - WO RT H Y I N F LU E N C E SKnown for horror, he was also an excellent mystery writer. Credited with being the father of the detective storyand was said to have pioneered the twist ending. His detective story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” were said tohave inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to come up with Sherlock HolmesFilm director Roger Corman made eight films loosely based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, seven starringVincent Price: "The House of Usher” “The Terror” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven (starring a young JackNicholson),” ”The Pit and the Pendulum” “The Black Cat” “The Masque of the Red Death” and “Tomb of Ligeia”. Thesefilms vaulted Corman into mainstream movie making and brought Poe’s writings into twentieth century Hollywoodfilm making1995 video game called “The Dark Eye” narrated by author William S. Burroughs, allowed players to experiencePoe’s tales through the eyes of the murderer or the victimA gruesome and controversial animated adaptation of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” in 1953, earned an Oscarnomination but also received an “X” rating by the British Board of Film Censors; the first ever for animated filmReleased in May 1976 a musical rendition of Poe’s works are on a “Allen Parsons Project” album called “Tales ofMystery and ImaginationThere are also some comic book series called “Nevermore”. One is a “Batman” comic and another by horrorauthor Dean Koontz
  11. 11. IN CONCLUSION In conclusion it seems clear that, though he may have died 163years ago, he is still alive and well in the hearts of Americans.His nightmarish tales still haunting us from every form of media; hisname and the symbols of his works on billboards, street signs andprofessional sports teams. Statues to honor his memory in everycity he has lived as well as the homes where he lived are nowmuseums; even his college dorm room preserved for all to see

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