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Greenlit: Poe’s Women, BBC4

Poe’s Women –  The relationships between Edgar Allan Poe and the women in his life were tenuous at best, disastrous at worst. Yet they provided inspiration and stimulus for some of the finest darkly romantic poems and deeply disturbing short stories of the early 19th century.

Crime author Denise Mina explores Poe’s tortuous and peculiar relationships. Why did he have such idealised views of women? How did he turn these perfect visions into such nightmarish creations?

Mina retraces Poe’s stumbling steps through Boston, Virginia, Baltimore and New York and examines the key works linked to these women, building a portrait of a brilliant yet chaotic man, whose obsessive approach to the women in his life was directly linked to his alcohol and drug abuse and dreadful lonely death.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: BBC Productions

TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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