Film, Video Quoth the Raven: Edgar Allan Poe & Derivative Works

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Quoth the Raven: Edgar Allan Poe & Derivative Works
This presentation discusses Edgar Allan Poe's advocacy for copyright law, the breadth of his impact and the many derivative works it has inspired. Poe's work has inspired thousands based on his original stories and poems. For example, Poe's poem "The Raven" is one of his most widely used works, as it has been used as part of television shows, movies, songs, plays and countless dramatic readings. It is also the only literary work that has an NFL team named after it, the Baltimore Ravens. More than 300 comic books adaptations of Poe's work exist, plus many comics use Poe as a character or as inspiration for a character. Just about every style of music has a song inspired by, or at least mentions, a Poe work. Films dated as far back as 1909 tell Poe's stories. This widespread use of his work is ironic in that Poe was a strong advocate for copyright protections, especially in the international arena, as many of his creative works were reprinted cheaply in England without his permission and without any remuneration.
Event Date
October 29, 2019
-  Christopher Semtner is curator of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Va. An internationally exhibited artist, he has seen his paintings entered numerous public collections including the Virginia Historical Society and the University of Maryland.
-  Enrica Jang is executive director at Poe Baltimore/The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore. An enthusiast long before she joined Poe House, Enrica has both written and edited books, graphic novels and anthologies inspired by Poe's works.
-  Thad Ciechanowski, owner of Dijit Media, is a filmmaker, director and editor. He has directed and edited short, educational films based on Edgar Allan Poe's works, including "The Raven" and "The Cask of Amontillado."
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1 hours, 3 minutes, 12 seconds
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