Indeed, Poe looked so grim when he submitted "The Raven" to Graham's Magazine that the editors rejected the poem -- but took up a collection for him.
The amount collected? $15 -- more than the $10 which he later received for the poem from the New York Mirror!
[At 17, Poe enrolled in the University of Virginia. Within a day of his arrival, he had managed to gamble away his entire term's allowance and soon owed $2,500 in gambling debts. Moreover, Poe managed to stay drunk for the entire semester. Nonetheless, he aced his exams -- and earned the University's highest distinction.]