Today marks the anniversary of the publication of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem. "The Raven" was published anonymously in New York’s Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845, and Poe was paid only $15 for such famous lines as “Once upon a midnight dreary …” and “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.’” The poem was so popular it was reprinted 16 times that same year in various periodicals and books.
Poe, who grew up in Richmond and attended the University of Virginia, is an American literary icon. He mastered the short story, detective fiction, science fiction, lyric poetry and the horror story. Some call him “America’s Shakespeare.”
For more on Poe and his works, you can browse these books:
Edgar Allan Poe, A-Z: The Essential Reference to his Life and Work
by Dawn Sova
Edgar Allan Poe Revisited by Scott Peeples
Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance by Kenneth Silverman
Tales of Terror by Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe Reader by Edgar Allan Poe
Do you have a favorite Poe story or poem? Let us know.