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Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
is a 1942 science fiction novel by American writer Curt Siodmak.[1] The novel became an instant classic and was adapted to movie form three times. Since then the book has become something of a cult classic, with fans including Stephen King, who discussed the novel in his 1981 book Danse Macabre and mentions it in his novel/miniseries It. Siodmak later wrote a sequel in 1968 entitled Hauser's Memory and wrote a final sequel in 1991 entitled Gabriel's Body.


1 Publication history 2 Plot 3 Adaptations 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Publication history[edit] The novel was initially published as a three-part serial in the September - November 1942 issues of the pulp magazine Black Mask.[2] The first complete edition was published by Alfred A. Knopf
Alfred A. Knopf
in 1943, and the work has since been translated into German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, and Dutch.[3] Plot[edit] The novel is written in the form of diary entries by Dr. Patrick Cory, a middle-aged physician whose experiments at keeping a brain alive are subsidized by Cory's wealthy wife. Under investigation for tax evasion and criminal financial activities, millionaire megalomaniac W.H. Donovan crashes his private plane in the desert near the home of Dr. Cory. The physician is unable to save Donovan's life, but removes his brain on the chance that it might survive, placing the gray matter in an electrically charged, oxygenated saline solution within a glass tank. The brainwaves indicate that thought—and life—continue. Cory makes several futile attempts to communicate with it. Finally, one night Cory receives unconscious commands, jotting down a list of names in a handwriting not his own—it is Donovan's. Cory successfully attempts telepathic contact with Donovan's brain, much to the concern of Cory's occasional assistant, Dr. Schratt, an elderly alcoholic. Gradually, the malignant intelligence takes over Cory's personality, leaving him in an amnesiac fugue state when he awakes. The brain uses Cory to do his bidding, signing checks in Donovan's name, and continuing the magnate's illicit financial schemes. Cory becomes increasingly like the paranoid Donovan himself, his physique and manner morphing into the limping image of the departed criminal. Donovan's bidding culminates in an attempt to have Cory kill a young girl who stands in the way of his plans. Realizing he will soon have no control over his own body and mind, Cory devises a plan to destroy the brain during its quiescent period. Cory resists the brain's hypnotic power by repeating the rhyme "Amidst the mists and coldest frosts he thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts." With Dr. Schratt's help, he destroys the housing tank with an ax and leaves the brain of Donovan to die, thus ending his reign of madness. Adaptations[edit] The novel has been adapted for the screen three times: as The Lady and the Monster (1944), Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
(1953), and The Brain (1962). In 1982, the LP album release of the 1944 radio version of this story (from the series Suspense, starring Orson Welles) won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album. See also[edit]

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Hauser's Memory


^ Tim Bergfelder (2005). International Adventures: German Popular Cinema and European Co-productions in the 1960s. Berghahn Books. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-57181-538-5. Retrieved 2015-10-21.  ^ "Crime, Mystery, & Gangster Fiction Magazine Index". Retrieved 29 March 2018.  ^ "Donovan's Brain". The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 29 March 2018. 

External links[edit]

Orson Welles
Orson Welles
on Suspense Archive.org
hosts MP3 recordings of the 1944 radio version. Radio adaptations of Donovan's Brain
Donovan's Brain
on Suspense

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Curt Siodmak's Donovan's Brain


The Lady and the Monster Donovan's Brain The Brain


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Donovan's Brain



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