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Donovan's Brain - Best of Suspense - Orson Welles - Curt Siodmak

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"Sure, sure, sure..." Donovan's Brain is a 1942 science fiction novel by American writer Curt Siodmak.

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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.

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 titled Hauser's Memory and wrote a final sequel in 1991 titled Gabriel's Body.

Originally performed by Orson Welles in this radio play of the series Suspense

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.

Suspense performed Donovan's Brain in a rare two part presentation. The story is presented here complete with both episodes.

Originally Broadcast 5/18/1944 and 5/25/1944

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