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American Masters' 'Poe' goes well beyond Halloween fixture

American Masters' 'Poe' goes well beyond Halloween fixture

Edgar Allan Poe, still misunderstood after all these years.

That’s the way Eric Stange sees it, and the writer/director of “Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive” says one of the primary goals of his American Masters film that premieres Monday night on PBS is to take viewers beyond what he calls the “Halloween Poe.”

“What I mean by the term ‘Halloween Poe’ is the stereotypical or mythological Poe that exists as being a dark, creepy character right out of one of his own stories,” Stange said in a Sun interview. “The conflation of Poe with the characters he has invented has been constant since the time of his death. … And at Halloween, if you go in one of these Halloween pop-up stores,...

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