Grip: A Poem, Book, and Raven

By Chris B. RSS Fri, December 3, 2021

Updated Wednesday, December 15, 2021 4:20 p.m.

One of the most popular attractions of the Free Library's Rare Book Department is Grip the Raven, the late lamented pet of author Charles Dickens.

A few years ago, we shared Grip's story on this blog. Now younger readers will have the chance to learn more thanks to author Marilyn Singer and illustrator Edwin Fotheringham, who have paired up to create A Raven Named Grip: How a Bird Inspired Two Famous Writers, Charles Dickens, and Edgar Allan Poe.   

On December 11, the Children's Literature Research Collection will host a virtual conversation with the creators, who will read an excerpt from the book, discuss their research and inspirations, and answer questions about the book's creation. The Free Library's Special Collections Division will also present rare materials from our collections, including Edgar Allan Poe's autographed manuscript for his famous poem inspired by Grip, The Raven. Attendees will also have the opportunity to virtually meet and learn more about Grip, who has sat on her perch since her untimely passing.  

The conversation is open to everyone with an interest in history, literature, and publishing. 

Sign up for this free event today!

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