On This Day (January 29th) - Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

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29th January 1845

Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem "The Raven" is published in the New York Evening Mirror.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

"'Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door—

            Only this and nothing more."

Born January 19th 1809, American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of mystery and horror.

"The Raven", published in 1845, is amongst the most famous and well known poems in national literature. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financially. The poem was quickly reprinted, illustrated and parodied and its critical and diverse reception divided the poem's status... Nevertheless it still remains as one of the most famous poems ever written.

If you haven't yet read it, here is a great reading of "The Raven", read fantastically by Vincent Price.


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