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The Raven Receives Fan Mail

In what may possibly be a Poe Museum first, we received a letter addressed to “The Raven” in care of the museum.

The envelope - click for a larger version

Needless to say, the staff was intrigued and we passed the letter along to the Raven.

The Raven was so pleased by the letter, that he asked me to share it on the museum blog. (Ravens lack opposable thumbs, which makes blogging difficult for them.)

So here is the letter:

The letter - click for a larger version

The Raven composed a reply and had me put it in the mail this morning. We hope that Mr. Martell will enjoy the letter.

The Raven has also graciously consented to allowing his reply to be published on this blog, so here it is:

The Raven's Reply - click for larger version

A little bird told us this might be the start of a trend…


  1. This is sooooo cute!

    Comment by Outis Ver Magnusson — June 10, 2011 @ 2:33 pm
  2. So cute!! Can’t see what the letter says on phone but still a cool sentiment. 🙂

    Comment by Sandy — June 10, 2011 @ 5:27 pm
  3. Here’s the text of the letter(s) in case you cannot read them on your device of choice:

    “Dear Mr. Raven,
    Do you only know the word nevermore? That’s a pretty limited vocabulary, even for a bird. If you want, I can teach you some cooler stuff. My favorite words are marshmallow, fuzzy, wolverine, iPad, zombie and McNugget. Another good one is zesty. I don’t know if I can give you lessons at midnight, but I could probably come after school some day during the week.
    Evermore your friend,

    The Raven’s reply was:

    “Dear Mr. Martell:
    Your pal,
    The Raven”

    Comment by Melanie — June 13, 2011 @ 12:40 pm
  4. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Outis and Sandy!

    Comment by Melanie — June 13, 2011 @ 12:50 pm
  5. A lovely response (and simile) posted (with permission) on twitter:

    BeckaReed @Becka Reed

    @MelAtPoeMuseum That’s awesome! I like saying “foofighters”. It’s like a slipper for your tongue.

    Comment by Melanie — June 13, 2011 @ 12:57 pm
  6. That letter made me laugh inside for a brief moment.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Washington Museum — September 21, 2011 @ 8:52 am
  7. It certainly made our day when we received it, glad it brightened your day too!

    Comment by Melanie — September 21, 2011 @ 11:37 am

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