It was on this day, in 1845, that Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven was published. Click here for Donald McClarey's pick for a reading, courtesy of the great Christopher Lee. I'm more of a Vincent Price enthusiast myself:
As a side note, and for a shameless boast, my second son recited the poem from memory in two parts when he was in sixth grade. It was for poetry/drama reading nights in school before classmates and parents. The second night he stumbled and forgot a couple lines, but managed to improvise in such a way that it sounded like Poe. The high school drama teacher was there, and told him that it was no small thing for a sixth grader to improvise in the manner of Poe before a large audience. I agree. [Shameful kid boast is now finished].