Cover to Cover celebrates Halloween by featuring the complete collection of the works of Edgar Allan Poe in the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives. Poe is widely known for such mysterious and dark works as the stories The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Murders in the Rue Morgue. But it is "once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary," the beginning of Poe’s immortal poem The Raven that feels most appropriate for this particular holiday
The Raven, featured in the first volume of the limited edition set in Day 2 of the University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives, was first published in 1845. It tells the story of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a man distraught over losing his love who eventually descends into madness.
Critics are divided as to the poem’s literary status, but it remains one of the most famous poems ever written. The poem made Edgar Allan Poe an almost instant celebrity and earned him the nickname "The Raven."