Transcript of John Astin as Edgar Allan Poe
I knew in my bones that "The Raven" would be a hit with my audience. As I told my friend F.W. Thomas in 1845, the year "The Raven" was first published: "'The Raven' has had a great 'run,' Thomas - but I wrote it for the express purpose of running - just as I did the 'Gold-Bug', you know. The bird beat the bug, though, all hollow." "The Raven" indeed remains my most famous poem. Few, though, have dared to venture into the deepest folds of its feathered lines, to appreciate fully what I have created. Will you jounce about the surface like so many others? Or do you have the patience and resolve to delve into its deeper mysteries?