Kid Scoop gets spooky with Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is a famous writer who died in 1849. He’s featured in today’s Halloween-themed edition of Kid Scoop. He’s credited with creating the detective story, but his most famous work is probably the poem called “The Raven.”
In that poem, a man is pestered by a raven who seems to be something more than it is.
The poem has been read and dramatized by many people over the years, including on an episode of “The Simpsons.” One of the best was done by Vincent Price, a legend in the movie business for his numerous horror films.
Beyond “The Raven,” Poe also wrote the a lot of other spooky tales. The chilling “Tell-Tale Heart” explores the guilt a murderer feels. The spine-tingling “Cask of Amontillado” focuses on a guy who is buried alive. “The Pit and the Pendulum” is an exercise in sheer terror as a man waits to be sliced in two. In all, Poe came up with a lot of scary ideas!
All these great works were written more than 150 years ago, long before Halloween was a common holiday in the United States, yet they’re still considered to be among the best short stories ever written.
You can hear Vincent Price’s version of “The Raven” here. http://youtu.be/zuGZ_wp_i9w
Learn about Poe himself in this mini-biography. http://youtu.be/x-387NMCR6w
OK, enough of the history stuff, here’s a cartoon parody of “The Raven.” This one also features a reading by Vincent Price! http://youtu.be/v57cDPH1108
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