Happy Birthday, Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe was born 200 years ago today. Poe is the author of 'The Raven', which has been parodied in 'The Simpsons'.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, `Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven. Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore - Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

Poe also wrote 'The Gold-Bug' which involves some cryptography as an integral part of the plot.

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Some of the works of Edgar Allen Poe can be found on Project Gutenberg.