I remember the first time I read The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. It was one of the only times I can recall reading poetry that was so macabre. I can still hear Mr. Theilen’s voice reading Annabel Lee emphatically to our seventh grade English class. As a freshman, I uncovered The Cask of Amantillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. As successful as his works are today, it’s interesting to learn how financially distressed his life actually was as one of the first full-time American writers.