Dickens widely acknowledged that the character was based on his own bird, which had unfortunately died shortly before the publication of the novel.
The third Grip had an even more distinctive and domineering character than the first, and was even able to keep the family dog, a bullmastiff named Turk, under control. Poe had written an approving review of Barnaby Rudge, and the two arranged to meet when Dickens and his wife were on tour in the United States.
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Reportedly, Poe saw a picture of Grip that Dickens carried with him, and was delighted to learn that the bird he had admired in Barnaby Rudge was based on a real-life animal. Shortly after, Poe composed his most notable work, a narrative poem with an imperious raven at its heart.
Always a controversial character, Poe attracted a considerable amount of criticism and ridicule from his literary peers. When the original Grip died, Dickens was so upset that he had him stuffed by a taxidermist and kept him in his office, allowing him to keep watching over the family.
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