An Incredible Recording Of Orson Welles Reading The Work Of Edgar Allan Poe

May 5, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
"Tales of Mystery and Imagination" is a title that has associations with two distinct works. The first was a 1908 series of horror and suspense stories by Edgar Allan Poe, an American author, poet and literary critic. The second was the debut album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, in 1976. Parsons' songs align with the themes, titles and even some of the words from Poe's literary classics.

The Alan Parsons Project was a British band that consisted of Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons, both of whom remained consistent members, and relatively consistent members Ian Bairnson, David Paton, Stuart Elliott and Lenny Zakatek. "A Dream Within A Dream" actually features passages from multiple works by Poe and is narrated by Orson Welles. Poe's works featured in this particular piece are portions of "The Fall of the House of Usher," "Marginalia" and the introduction found in "Poems of Youth."

Welles was an American actor, director, producer and writer who worked in several genres, including theater, radio and film. His most notable works were likely "Caesar," "Julius Caesar," "The War of The Worlds" and "Citizen Kane" (considered to be one of the greatest films of all time).
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