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Grip - The Real Talking Raven

Grip - The Real Talking Raven Poetry American History Social Studies Visual Arts Nineteenth Century Life

Charles Dickens had a pet raven named "Grip."  This photograph depicts Grip, after his death, in a taxidermied state.  (He now "lives" at the Free Library of Philadelphia - Parkway Central Rare Book Department.)

Dickens mentioned Grip - by name - in his novel, Barnaby Rudge.  Edgar Allan Poe reviewed that book sometime before he wrote his poem, "The Raven."

It is fair to wonder:  Was Grip Poe's inspiration for his famous poem?

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Media Credits

Image of Grip, online courtesy the Free Library of Philadelphia.

 

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