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Source:  The Baltimore Sun

Edgar Allan Poe is still misunderstood after all these years.

That’s the way Eric Stange sees it, and the writer/director of “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” says one of the primary goals of his American Masters film that premieres Monday night on PBS is to take viewers beyond what he calls the “Halloween Poe.”

“What I mean by the term ‘Halloween Poe’ is the stereotypical or mythological Poe that exists as being a dark, creepy character right out of one of his own stories,” Stange said in a Baltimore Sun interview. “The conflation of Poe with the characters he has invented has been constant since the time of his death. … And at Halloween, if you go in one of these Halloween pop-up stores, you’ll always find a lot of that kind of Poe stuff. That image is a staple of Halloween.”

It is that time of year, after all. But what Stange finds underneath that deeply ingrained pop culture image is a much richer reality.

The Poe revealed in this PBS film is a seminal literary figure in American modernism as well as a man of profound sorrow and existential loneliness. This Poe is an outsider who would not play the literary game in his professional life and could not come to terms privately with the untimely deaths of every woman he loved.

Read the story at The Baltimore Sun.

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