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Is an original copy of the poem "The Raven" available for sale?

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There are no original manuscript or fragments known to exist for Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven." As a result, the original copy of the poem is not available for sale.

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Is an original copy of the poem "The Raven" available for sale?
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Edgar Allen Poe originally tried to sell the manuscript of "The Raven" to his friend, George Rex Graham, for publication in Graham’s Magazine. Graham, however, declined to publish the poem. In 1846, when Poe returned to New York, he took “The Raven” to George Hooker Colton, editor and founder of the American Review, who bought the poem for $10, and printed it in the American Review's second issue. According to EAPoe.org, all of the manuscripts for works published in the American Review, including "The Raven," were either lost or stolen sometime in late 1846.

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