Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.' "

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”

--Edgar Allan Poe

Is there anything more evocative of the Halloween season with all its restless spirits and shades than the writings of Edgar Allan Poe? His Raven, with its hoarse, ominous rendition of “Nevermore!” and the sound of thumping from beneath the floorboards in The Tell-Tale Heart have sent a shiver down many a spine.

Now, just in time for Halloween and in celebration of Teen Read Month, Burbank Public Library presents Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson, “In the Shadow of the Raven,” his dramatization of the life and work of this master of the macabre. Edgar Allan Poe will walk on stage to share his life story and perform three of his most haunting works—The Raven, Annabel Lee, and The Tell-Tale Heart—on Tuesday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. Join us in the auditorium of the Buena Vista Branch Library to learn more about this American poet, short-story writer and the man hailed as the inventor of the detective-fiction genre. (School extra credit may be given at teachers’ discretion.)

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