Knowing Poe: The Literature, Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe... In Baltimore and Beyond



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Poe the Perfectionist
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Random Raven
John Astin as Edgar Allan Poe

Transcript of John Astin as Edgar Allan Poe

Throughout my career, I revisited both published and unpublished versions of my tales and poems to look at the language that I used and its effect. Sometimes, I felt I could sharpen the reader's impressions with just a few changes in words or punctuation. Sometimes I dropped or added entire lines or sentences. And sometimes I scrapped the whole thing. All the changes, however, were made in hopes of a higher aim: to let the poem or the tale speak directly to you, my future reader. So, read on, and tell me were my efforts all for naught? Or did my small changes bring you closer to the truths of life?



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