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This episode deals with the "dominant/slave" - relationship between Sir Henry Irving and Bram Stoker. Irving acts as the autocratic figure while the submissive Stoker obeys him without question. (sounds creepy!) Many scholars believe (with good reason) that Irving served as the model for Dracula. Listen to this podcast, and decide for yourself! Epi…
 
This episode deals with two American heroes separated by almost 200 years. 1. Gilbert Hunt - a former member of the enslaved population who is famous because of his bravery at the Richmond Theatre Fire. 2. Father Mychal (Father Mike) - a charismatic priest who was the first official fatality of 9/11 What was America’s first major disaster? What did…
 
This episode continues a look at the possible inspirations for Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Surprisingly, many scholars feel the best candidate is poet Walt Whitman. George takes a look at the rather nervy “love letter” that Stoker send out of the blue to Whitman, and their interesting friendship - a relationship that actually includes a variation on “c…
 
WARNING! Not for weak stomachs! You may be grossed out! This episode is about two military characters of history who may have served as inspiration for two famous pieces of literature - Vlad the Impaler for Dracula by Bram Stoker, and the historical character of Tamerlane for Tamerlane by Edgar Allan Poe. Why is this episode so gross? Where did Sto…
 
Episode Seventy Two - Carmilla and Countess Dracula This episode deals with two female vampires - one literary and the other a historical “monster.” Carmilla, by Sheridan LaFanu, is frequently cited as the first lesbian vampire story. And Elizabeth Bathory (largely because of her habit of bathing in the blood of young girls) has been suggested as a…
 
What is generally agreed to be the oldest known story of a vampire? What happened to Sekhmet when her beer (which she thought was blood) was dyed red? Who is Lilith, and what does she have to do with feisty ladies? When does the manananggal drink the blood of pregnant women? How did George keep his pants from falling when he was interpreting for a …
 
This episode deals with one of Bram Stoker’s best short stories - The Squaw. This is a story about a black cat that definitely gives Poe's The Black Cat a run for its money! George will read the story (with a few sound effects) and hope you are not too grossed out. What is The Squaw and why is it considered offensive today in its original form? Wha…
 
What three “biggies” were published the same day by the same publisher? What makes Rip Van Winkle one of the first time travel stories? How was The Vampyre written? And who was the REAL author? What was the first comedic vampire story? (And it wasn’t “Love at First Bite”) Why is The Black Vampyre important? Why is it confusing? And why does the fac…
 
Free tickets to a cool production of A Midsummer Night's Dream! https://www.indyshakes.com/2021-a-midsummer-nights-dream Link to recording of all 38 of Shakespeare's plays! https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Arkangel-Shakespeare-Fully-Dramatized-Plays/dp/1932219005/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=archangel+shakespeare&qid=1626755205&sr=8-1 How can I get …
 
This episode deals with translating poetry using the example of Baudelaire’s “The Vampire” - and ends with a preview of the next episode - an examination of the process of interpreting/signing a Shakespeare comedy into American Sign Language. Who was the most famous translator of Poe? Are all translations of the same poem identical? How can you tra…
 
00:00 Introduction to Bram Stoker 01:45 Student goes to judge’s house 05:20 Student learns about house’s past - the plot thickens! 12:20 Student encounters giant rats 33:40 Student encounters Ghost of Judge 46:38 The hate-filled smile 47:10 Sources 48:06 Future episodes Who is Bram Stoker? Do you think “The Judge’s House” is more about the judge or…
 
Learn how George chooses vampire stories for this podcast Increase your “perception” of vampires What is so strange about Mrs. Amworth? How is Mrs. Amworth like Count Dracula? How is Mrs. Amworth different from Count Dracula? Would you like a neighbor like Mrs. Amworth? 00:00 Introduction 01:05 Poe and Vampire Stories (introduction) 02:25 Mrs. Amwo…
 
Learn about Oscar Wilde’s life How is The Oval Portrait like A Picture of Dorian Gray? How did Wilde meet Bosie? What was the father’s reaction to Wilde’s relationship with his son? What is DeProfundis? What were Wilde’s last years like? Why do we remember Wilde? 00:00 Introduction 01:05 Oscar Wilde’s life 03:15 Meeting of Wilde and Whitman (part 2…
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG-wl2qqD7Y BTW - this should be over 2,000 downloads for Celebrate Poe, with listeners in 46 countries. Thank you for your support - you have no idea how much it means to me! This specific episode is about the many facets of America’s Poet - Walt Whitman. For Pride Month, George pays homage to Whitman and attempts t…
 
This episode is about the tragic relationship between Fitz-Greene Halleck and Joseph Rodman Drake (two of America's greatest 19th century poets. ) The first American novel to deal with same sex attraction (Joseph and His Friend) is largely based on their love for each other. 00:00 Introduction 02:30 Fitz-Greene Halleck early life 04:39 Discussion o…
 
00:00 Introduction 02:46 Was Poe gay? 06:07 Intro to Bayard Taylor 08:18 Edgar Allan Poe on Bayard Taylor 08:56 Joseph and His Friend 12:16 Plot of novel 15:40 Reactions to novel 17:41 Excerpt from Joseph and His Friend 30:59 Sources 31:55 Preview of episodes after June 35:50 Preview of Pride Month Episodes 34:57 Outro Learn about what is generally…
 
This episode is a reprise of Becoming Poe - the Celebrate Poe episode with the second highest number of downloads. I make some opening remarks, and a preview for 1st episode of this podcast, followed by a brief preview of the next episode (The First American Gay Novel) REPRISE OF EPISODE ONE This episode basically explains where I am coming from re…
 
Episode 59 Anastasia and Other Imposters Vortigern (Shakespeare’s Lost Play) https://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/text/ireland-vortigern “Inspired’ by Mary Shelley’s “The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck,” this episodes examines 4 fascinating imposters - Perkin Warbeck, Thomas Chatterton, Henry Ireland, and Anna Alexander (Anastasia) 00:00 Introduction 00…
 
This episode examines The Rocky Horror Show, and compares it with three of Poe’s works - The Fall of the House of Usher, Enchanted Palace, and Dreamland. 00:00 Introduction 01:30 Beginnings of Rocky Horror 04:02 Movie Adaptation 06:01 Rocky (Horror) as longest-running movie 06:40 Importance of movie 09:40 Personal reaction to movie 11:58 Ghost of P…
 
This episode examines the movie Young Frankenstein, the artistic concepts behind its filming, the cast, character development, and a surprising comparison with Edgar Poe’s double in William Wilson! 00:00 Introduction 02:11 Intro to Dr. Frankenstein 04:23 Background to writing movie 10:14 Artistic concepts (black and white, budget) 13:35 Gene Wilder…
 
Like to The Old Dark House (full movie) https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Old+Dark+House&docid=608031794270379980&mid=3BCB815D9F3082E13BF23BCB815D9F3082E13BF2&view=detail&FORM=VIRE Clip from The Bride of Frankenstein https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+bride+of+frankenstein+prologue&docid=608009958645441023&mid=DB9E0F06DA848E55B02FDB9E0…
 
This episode describes the dramatic filming of the 1931 version Frankenstein - how the studio felt making it was a very risky move - and how the creature became a cultural icon. This podcast also deals with the connection between Mary Shelley, Edgar Poe and Fuseli's The Nightmare! Link to 1910 Silent Version of Frankenstein from 1910 https://www.yo…
 
National Theatre Frankenstein - Benedict Cumberbatch as the creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Dr. Frankenstein https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjJxpuPsrYs&t=6259s National Theatre Frankenstein - Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller as the creature https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ_s7h9PF2w What two men alternated playing Fr…
 
Learn about the BBC production of Byron, and how accurate it is. Learn how Byron handled being an overnight success Learn the reasons given why Mary Shelley might have written Frankenstein Learn why Mary Shelley did not initially publish Frankenstein under her own name. Is it possible that David Booth as Shelley is TOO handsome? 00:00 Introduction …
 
Learn why Ken Russell’s Gothic is so over-the-top and ends up falling flat Learn about Hugh Grant as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” Lord Byron Learn how Dr. Who’s time travel can illuminate the past (as well as the present) Learn how Lord Byron’s poem “Darkness” can be read as an ecological warning 00:00 Introduction 01:38 Ken Russell’s Gothic 1…
 
00:00 Introduction 01:58 Mount Tambora effects in Europe 04:27 Gathering at Villa Diodati 06:23 Mary Shelley 10:06 Conversations and Ghost Stories 15:38 Byron and Darkness 16:45 Mary’s account 28:18 After Villa Diodati 31:13 Future topics 34:44 Using voice controls and keystrokes Learn how the idea of Frankenstein first came to a teenage girl Learn…
 
• Learn about Lord Byron’s many sexual scandals • Experience one of the darkest poems ever written • Learn why Lord Byron is often considered the first superstar 01:28 Ghost of Lord Byron enters 02:19 She Walks in Beauty 3:38 Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know (Life in England) 09:40 Darkness 19:35 Villa Diodati intro 20:39 The Dream 22:38 Life in Ita…
 
This episode is the first of two episodes devoted to the life and works of Lord Byron - one of the greatest poets of all time. As a youth, Edgar Poe frequently copied Lord Byron's style (and unique attitude) until Poe found his own voice. 00:00 Introduction 02:50 Byron and Poe’s styles 05:45 Women in Byron’s life 08:33 Byron’s’ early life 12:53 Bec…
 
This is the second and final part of two episodes regarding Percy Shelley - Mr. Poe also talks about his opinion of Shelley's work (based on Poe's actual words) and Shelley reads several of his most familiar works. 0:00 Introduction 1:26 Entrance of ghost of Mr. Shelley 1:44 Prometheus Unbound 2:53 To a Skylark 7:27 The Cloud 12:01 The Sensitive Pl…
 
0:00 Introduction 0:46 Shelley and Byron 3:06 Ghost of Shelley enters 3:50 Early life 5:02 Education at Syon and Eton 8:51 Expelled from Oxford 12:14 Further development of idealism 16:29 Political development 20:40 Queen Mab 24:02 Ozymandias 26:40 Ode to the West Wind 35:22 Sources and Outro Learn how Percy Shelley got kicked out of Oxford Learn h…
 
Learn why Camden Town is so special! What was Mr. Keat’s sexual orientation? - His status as a gay icon. Learn about Keat’s painful and lingering death from consumption. What is the longest epitaph on a tombstone in literature? the shortest? 0:00 Introduction 0:53 Over 1,000 downloads 1:31 Camden Town, London 4:07 Entrance of Ghost of Poe and Keats…
 
Why is Keats “the sensuous poet” Learn about the insecure youth that John Keats experienced Learn how Keats wanted to be a doctor, NOT a writer What words by Keats were Mary Poppins’s first lines when she pulled an umbrella out of her bag? 0:00 INTRODUCTION 0:45 ROMANTIC REFRESHER 5:05 WERE THEY ROCK STARS? 6:30 GHOSTS OF POE AND KEATS ENTER 7:00 E…
 
URL for The Lakes - Taylor Swift https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=taylor+swift+%22the+lakes%22 Learn about why Tintern Abbey is such a big deal Follow Lucy Gray Learn what Taylor Swift has to do with the English Romantic poets 0:00 Introduction 0:50 Podcast host attack (Nothing to worry about) 02:27 Ghost enters 02:40 Lines Written a Fe…
 
Learn more about the English Romantic poet who got it all started! Learn how Mr. Wordsworth made the Romantic movement come alive! Learn about the best of William Wordsworth’s 915 poems! 00:00 Introduction 00:40 Apology and Content Explanation 07:23 Ghost of Mr. Wordsworth Enters 08:03 Lyrical Ballads 09:31 Background of Mr. Wordsworth 10:10 Father…
 
Mr. Samuel Coleridge reads his poem? vision? dream? Kubla Khan, and vividly relates the physical terrors and psychological horrors of his all-consuming drug abuse. Did Coleridge ever kick his drug habit? By the way, Mr. Bartley makes a WHOOPER of a pronunciation mistake (more than usual) and did not edit it out. Can you find it? Answer in next epis…
 
In the episode, the ghost of Samuel Coleridge will read from (and explain) The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. 0:00 Introduction 1:00 Ghosts Enters 2:58 Rime of the Ancient Mariner 5:52 Ship Sails South 7:05 Influence of the Albatross 9:30 Death and Death-in-life 11:22 Solitude 12:56 Creatures 13:14 Sleep 15:10 Dead Men Come to Life 19:16 Redemption B…
 
http://www.blakearchive.org/ 0:00 Introduction 0:08 Accents (English and Gone with the Wind) 3:06 Blake Ghost Entrance 4:31 Marriage of Heaven and Hell 8:45 Idea for Title of Heaven and Hell 9:46 Concepts Behind Blake’s Heaven and Hell 11:21 Proverbs of Hell 12:37 Other Concepts 15:02 Jerusalem (The Enamation of the Giant Albion) 18:33 An Attempt a…
 
London read by Idris Elba 123 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAIbkA4NRGQ 0:00 INTRODUCTION 1:14 GHOSTS ENTER 2:47 BLAKE - BIRTH AND EARLY LIFE 7:52 EVENING STAR 10:30 MORE OF BLAKE’S LIFE 12:32 TYGER, TYGER 14:28 TYGER AND PIT 16:16 LONDON 19:06 THE SICK ROSE 20:36 HOLY THURSDAY 21:57 LITTLE LAMB 23:27 THE HUMAN ABSTRACT 25:50 THE LITTLE BLACK BOY…
 
EPISODE THIRTY EIGHT - HEAVEN IN A WILDFLOWER Learn how the Romantic Movement has nothing to do with dim lights and soft music Learn why if you are interested at all in Edgar Allan Poe, you should learn about the English Romantic poets Learn how Poe is the flip side of the English Romantics as the leading member of the DARK ROMANTIC movement. Learn…
 
Learn how “The Masque of the Red Death” IS and IS NOT about cholera. Learn a bit about the horrible mob violence that occurred in Paris as a result of cholera. Listen to an absolutely horrible account of a typical 19th century operation done before painkillers were used! Learn how John Snow (not the Game of Thrones guy!) found the connection betwee…
 
Memory aids to help you remember some of the major diseases of the 19th century MR. T Malaria, Rabies, Tuberculosis SYSTEMIC Syphilis, Yellow (Fever), Smallpox, Typhoid, (skip the vowel E,) Malaria, Influenza, Cholera Warning - Part One of two episodes about cholera - some really nauseating stuff - info that may gross you out. Learn more about the …
 
Learn how the environmental effects of the explosion of Mount Tambora in 1815 caused world-wide devastation. Because of an explosion in Indonesia, much of the world was hungry. This episode deals with the year without a summer - when temperatures were much colder than usual (with devastating results.) Learn about Thomas Jefferson’s financial strugg…
 
Mr. Poe and I talk about his journey across the Atlantic in 1815, and school in Scotland. Then the podcast focuses on the 1815 explosion of Mount Tambora, and how it very well may have affected Poe (more about that in future episodes.) Learn how Tambora had lava flows of 1000 degree temperatures! This episodes ends with an extensive “shout out” to …
 
a very short look at the history of the early Episcopal Church in America the Richmond Theatre Fire of 1811 some of our country’s earliest architects All leading up to the return of the ghost of Mr. Poe and a brief examination of Mr. Poe’s relationship to religion while he was growing up. What happens when two architects (unknown to each other) are…
 
In The Better Angels of Our Nature, George goes off topic to examine three former Presidents (Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Obama) and how they were faced with what seemed like insurmountable economic challenges. This episode briefly deals with how they addressed they addressed their challenges in their respective inaugural addresses. Then Georg…
 
This episode continues with some additional travel literature that focuses on White Sulphur Springs. Then George talks about how the springs allowed southern visitors to be “acceptedly” concerned about their bodies. Perhaps the most important concept behind this series is that “the Virginia Springs were both a stage and a school” (Listen to this ep…
 
No, this has nothing to do with Pink Floyd. This episode deals with the genre of travel literature - a genre that we don’t often associate with Poe. George’s top 5 favorite works of travel literature are The Travel of Marco Polo by Marco Polo The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain On the Road by Jack Kerouac Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert America…
 
The first of three episodes about the Virginia Springs, this episode uses fascinating accounts from the early 19th century to describe the wonder that is White Sulphur Springs. Mr. Poe returns for this episode, and "Paradise Row" lays the groundwork for a discussion of how the Springs influenced Poe’s later works. Sources: Springs of Western Virgin…
 
The final of four episodes about the podcaster’s hometown, Staunton, this episode covers a variety of personal experiences that led to this podcast. George talks about the miniature railroad in the Staunton city park, how he was initially left totally unimpressed by Poe, his education, growing up closeted in a conservative area of the South, becomi…
 
George compares the invasion of the Capitol Building during Poe’s life (the War of 1812) with the reprehensible invasion of the Capitol Building by a group of thugs incited by Mr. Trump. This also includes Mr. Bartley’s thoughts about the social responsibilities of a podcaster in making the world a better place. And Celebrate Poe starts a new serie…
 
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