Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

Edgar Allan Poe, American poet, critic and inventor of the detective story, turns 200 years old today.

In honor of Poe’s 2009 bicentennial, the Harry Ransom Center has collaborated with the University of Virginia (UVA) on the exhibit From Out That Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Edgar Allan Poe. The exhibition features many items from the Ransom Center’s significant Poe collection.

The exhibition opens March 7 at UVA, and arrives at the Ransom Center Sept. 8.

The narrative poem “The Raven” is perhaps Poe’s best-known, and most parodied, work. The Simpsons famously lampooned the poem in the episode “Treehouse of Horror,” which featured Homer as the lead character and Bart as the raven (see inset).

What’s your favorite Poe poem?