John Astin on Poe

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Saturday, June 19, 2004

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If you’ve read The Raven or The Telltale Heart, you’re familiar with Edgar Allen Poe and the gorgeous dark gothic shadows of his poetry and fiction. But you probably don’t know the work he considered his greatest achievement: an essay he called “Eureka.” It was nothing less than a long-form meditation on the mysteries of the Universe. It turned out that a lot of Poe's intuition about science proved uncannily correct. The actor John Astin (best-known as Gomez Addams on the old Addams Family TV show) reveals his love of Poe and “Eureka.” Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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