This incredibly beautiful edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ was published in 1884 with illustrations by Paul Gustave Doré. Click on the images to see full sizes.
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.”
The University of Texas has an excellent program online called The Edgar Allen Poe Digital Collection. They’ve got digital copies of Poe manuscripts, letters, early editions, books that he owned, newspaper clippings, and photos. This image shows an edition of collected poems owned by Poe in which can be seen his handwritten notes and corrections for the publisher. Look at how pissed off he was about the word ‘Raven’ consistently appearing with a lowercase ‘r.’
Halloween is coming. What better way to prepare than by reading some Poe?
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