THE MAN OF THE CROWD

by Edgar Allen Poe

 

 
Man: Bernard Mayes
Technical Production by: John Whiting
Adapted and Produced by: Erik Bauersfeld

He exists only in crowds, as he wanders the city all hours of the day and night. "a type and genius of deep crime, ideas of vast mental power, of caution, of malice, of excessive terror, of intense, of extreme despair... He refuses to be alone, and a mercy of God is that he will never allow himself to be revealed. "

The writer Henry James at first dismissed Poe's work, but later his interest grew. He based several of his own stories on Poe's originals; this one may be a source for his story The Private Life, in which an accomplished raconteur ceases to exist once he loses his listeners.

Length: 11:11

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