The real-life inspiration for Poe’s The Raven

Did you know Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem The Raven was inspired by a real-life bird owned by Charles Dickens? Not only that but the bird, christened “Grip” by the late great author, has been preserved to this day and is now on full display in a new Philadelphia public library exhibition commemorating Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday! (Grip’s other literary claim to fame: he appeared as a minor character in Dickens’ own Barnaby Rudg four years before his titular role in the Poe poem!)

Read all about the bird and the exhibition here. And if you’re interested in Paperblanks’ own tributes to Dickens and Poe, go here and here!


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