August 31, 2009

Quoth the Raven {Evergreen}

This year, Baltimore is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s death with a range of both fun and scholarly events.

On Friday, September 4th, the historic Evergreen House will be showing two Poe-themed movies on their gorgeous lawn. Bring your chair and a blanket. The grounds open at 5:30 and the films start at 7:30. There will be movie-type food for sale. Click here for tickets. Visitors may tour the first floor rooms of the house and see some illustrated Poe books in Evergreen’s famous library.Evergreen 030

The first is a 1950’s cartoon version of the Tell Tale Heart.  It’s not really a cartoon, as it’s not animated, but it is a story narrated with pictures and drawings to illustrate it. TellTale19 It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953. It was originally shown in 3-D. Tell Tale Heart was also the first film to be given an X-rating by the British Film Board.  If you are curious as to why, and you can’t get to Evergreen on Friday, you can watch the seven-minute short here.

The second film is The Raven, (1963) starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and a young Jack Nicholson who said that the raven pooped on him. This 85-minute film has nothing really to do with the famous poem of the same name, although Poe is credited with being one of the writers. RavenPoster

This event is part of Nevermore 2009, a year long celebration of the life (and death) of Edgar Allen Poe.



  1. Evergreen House looks gorgeous. Beautiful lawn.

  2. Excellent way to engage people with a grand historic house. KDM

  3. Love Poe. I love the surroundings too-from the looks of it. Will you go? The NCMA did a GWTW showing last Friday night-missed it, though I would love to see it on the big screen. GT

  4. Forever-more indeed. Poe's legacy lives on. In many ways, more appreciated and renowned than ever. One of my most visited posts is on the tragically overwrought Annabel Lee.

    What a lovely idea for an outing.

    On another note: the banner is breathtaking - literally. I just completed a post on William Randolph Hearst and learned that he, at one time, owned it.

    In an interview he described it thus "It was very beautiful last night and as we sat on the terrace in the moonlight, with the waves splashing below, it was almost poetical."

    However could you leave that?

  5. EA... it nearly killed me to leave there. There's very little information on the castle, and all of the 100's of pictures I had were lost when my computer was stolen. That nearly killed me, too. It was not a good time in my life. {all better now, though!}

  6. Long live Poe!

    As a volunteer docent at the JHU Museums, of which Evergreen is one, I'm happy to see someone promoting our events. Evergreen is indeed magnificent (as is Homewood House, a whole different style). It's amazing to me how many people in Baltimore have no idea these gems exist, right in their midst.

    The Bakst Theater in Evergreen alone is worth the price of admission. Imagine -- a direct line to 20th century greats Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, right here in Charm City!

  7. Apparently he was a guest at a house about three doors from me (Talevera.) Had a crush on the daughter it seems.

    Not exactly Evergreen though.


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