Edgar Allan Poe, born on January 19, 1809, lived a short, eventful, productive life — leaving this world at just 40 years old. Poet, editor, literary critic, publisher, short story writer, playwright, journalist, essayist — and inventor of the modern detective story — Edgar Allan Poe was one of the all-time great stylists and innovators. And we wish you a happy 204th birthday, Mr. Poe — and a happy afterlife forevermore.

Illustration: Final stanza of “The Raven” in Edgar Allan Poe’s handwriting