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Nine days left to save The Raven illustrations

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

There are just nine days left to save pioneering Victorian street artist James Carling’s illustrations of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. The Edgar Allan Poe Museum’s Kickstarter campaign set a goal of $60,000, and as of this moment, they’re $18,027 short. This is a modest little museum with no budget to speak of and that’s a lot of money to raise by November 15th. I’d hate to see these dramatic watercolor and ink artworks continue their slow decline caused by the acidic cardboard backing and the ravages of moisture, light and time.

When I first posted about this project a month ago, the rewards for backers were different. Now if you pledge $45 dollars or more, you get a copy of the book of Carling’s illustrations that will be published next year, assuming the fundraising goal is reached. You can get a print of the Raven perched upon a bust of Pallas just above the chamber door with a pledge of just $20 dollars. If you backed the project at a lower level before and want to bump up your pledge, just click on the “Manage your pledge” button on the right underneath the countdown and change the sum and the reward.

Please do spread the word if you can. Social media aren’t my bag, but if they’re yours, this is a cause that truly deserves to go viral enough to reach the goal.

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