why is the raven popular today and how much did poe make from the publication of "The Raven"

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I need a web site that says how much money Poe received from the publication of "The Raven"?

And or a web site that says why "The Raven" is so popular still today?

-- Anonymous, January 06, 2004


Fame was not immediate. I think he had to bargain the poem to get paid. After that fame and the reading circuit earned him the real money. it is popular because it has Poe's art and mastery and his special passion, but is accessible on a simple "scary" level often through the music itself. So the power hits one at all levels, even if the strangeness and the ideas are not understood at all. Making that easier is the simplicity of the story format itself and the "dialogue" with the Raven, a sure fire storytelling device.

It's popular accessibility makes it the ultimate parody vehicle but obscures sometimes exactly what is going on with the narrator and why. Like the Tell Tale Heart the bird is a chosen distraction that becomes the instrument of the despair he cannot face.

-- Anonymous, January 12, 2004

"The Raven" is popular because it is a good story about lonlyness, suffering, and loss. That is just my opion. I hapen to like those kind of storys. As for the publication, Poe only receved $15.00. It is weared when you think about it because "The Raven" brought Poe national fame but he only got $15 for it. Sucks for him.

-- Anonymous, May 23, 2004

Poe gained international succcess yet remained in poverty until his death, which is pretty crappy

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2004

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