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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alas He Croaks Nevermore

When Charles Dickens’ pet raven, Grip, died in 1841 he had him taxidermied and mounted. Preserved, he sits on a perch in the Rare Books department of the Philadelphia Free Library.
Grip made an appearance in Dickens’ lesser-known story Barnaby Rudge which was reviewed by literary critic Edgar Allan Poe. Poe wrote that “[the raven’s] croaking might have been prophetically heard in the course of the drama.” It wasn’t long after that Poe published his breakout poem, The Raven.

Link Via Curious History

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