Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven," was published on this day in 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror. 168 years ago.
Poe's dark and macabre work reflected his own tumultuous and difficult life. Born in Boston in 1809, Poe was orphaned at age three and went to live with the family of a Richmond, Virginia businessman. Poe enrolled in a military academy but was expelled for gambling. He later studied briefly at the University of Virginia. He died in a hospital after found in a in Baltimore, Maryland.
He left us a legacy of short stories, many making him the leader in mystery, science fiction and of course, the dark gothic horror. And many great poems, including the most famous one of his, "The Raven."
Watch this animation of "Margali's Midnight Matinee: A Cartoon Travesty of 'The Raven'" released in 1942 at Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qVVBpuvBAbs
And Vincent Price reading The Raven:
Happy anniversary, Raven--evermore!