Radio Script Essay

555 words - 3 pages

Radio Script on the mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe
By Hannah Bradfield

On October the 3th, 1849, Edgar Allan Poe was discovered lying, semiconscious on the streets of Baltimore, delirious, confused and just moments away from death. To this day the cause of Poe’s death remains a mystery, so oin me, Hannah Bradfield as we journey inside Poe’s last few days on earth and try to determine the cause of his untimely death.

[ Sinister music plays from 1800’s for 5 seconds and then fades out]

In early 1849, just two years after the death of his beloved first wife, Virginia Clemm, Poe proposed to Sarah Elmira Royster who lived in New York. On September 27th of that same year, [ Sound of horses hooves play until the end of the word ‘arrived ] Poe left Virginia ...view middle of the document...

Poe, and who appears in great distress, & he says he is acquainted with you, and I assure you, he is in need of immediate assistance. Yours, in haste, Jos. W. Walker.

Snodgrass immediately made his was to the famous Authors side, upon seeing him he was taken aback by his friends attire.

Actor playing Dr. J E Snodgrass – American Gentleman in his 60’s
My God is he wearing, I’ve never seen Edgar in such rags. You were right Joseph, this man is in immediate need of medical assistance, arrange transportation to Washington College Hospital forthwith

Upon arriving at the hospital, Poe was confined to a prision like room and denied any visitors. Dr. John Joseph Moran was Poe’s attending physician and was the only person to whiteness Poe’s last moments.
He reports that Poe was babbling incomprehensibly;

Actor playing Edgar Allan Poe – American man around the age of 40 – Babbling frantically
Reynolds! Reynolds! Its all Reynolds!

It is still unknown who this ‘Reynolds’ was. Could he have been an unknown friend of Poe’s? An enemy? Or even a murderer?
Amongst the suspected causes of Poe’s death are; suicide, rabies, syphilis, hypoglycemia, however the two which are suspected most likely are alcoholism and cooping. Newspaper reports at the time read

Actress playing a woman reading a newspaper in 1849 –American
Popular poet Edgar Allan Poe found dead on the streets of Baltimore. Doctors conclude the cause of death either congestion of the brain or cerebral inflammation

Both of these terms were popularly used to report death from alcoholism.


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