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Poe, Edgar Allan
The Raven. And Other Poems.
Wiley and Putnam, New York, 1845. Rare first edition in book form of Poe's famed work. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands. In very good condition with some light foxing and usual wear. BAL 16147.     The Raven is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of a number of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references. Biographer Hervey Allen: The most important volume of poetry that had been issued up to that time in America. In this little volume the weary, wayworn wanderer had successfully reached his own native shore in the realm of imagination" (Grolier, 100 American 56). Poe considered "The Raven" to be his finest poem--indeed, he was quoted as saying it was the finest poem ever written. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB [Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.]
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