Following the Flight of "The Raven:" An Examination of the Literary Process

Gonzalez, Cristina

St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.

    Often, the creative process is viewed with mystery.  However, the presentation of a literary work is usually the final step in a long process unique to the creator.  For Edgar Allan Poe, the publication of “The Raven” in 1845 was the end result of what remains a more mysterious process than that of why the raven quotes “nevermore.”  Using Poe’s own words from “The Philosophy of Composition,” and correspondence, some found at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin, this paper focuses on the creative path Poe followed and the end result that is “The Raven.”