Transcript of John Astin as Edgar Allan Poe
If an ambitious man had a desire to transform the universal world of human opinion, human thought, human sentiment, the opportunity is his own. All he need do is write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple, a few plain words: "My Heart Lay Bare." But this little book must be true to its title. There's the rub. Who could write that book? Who would dare write that book? No one could write that book even if they dared. The paper would shrivel and blaze at every touch of the fiery pen! Well, I have no such qualms. So, I shall leave it to you to decide. Read my works! See how I spent my days! If you still judge there some to be evil, then so be it. All I ask is for your fairness, and your pity upon a heart that lived and loved but for one purpose: the creation of truth, and the revelation of beauty.