Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy 200th Birthday!


A toast to the greatest American writer and poet - and one of my all-time heroes - Edgar Allan Poe! Poe is probably America's most misunderstood writer. Much of what people know of Poe is based on a dastardly, hateful 'memoir' of Poe written by his arch-enemy - Rufus W. Griswold. If you have a moment, why not look more deeply into the life of Edgar Poe? You might see that there was much more to his genius than the last few, troubled years of his life.

Mysterious Poe 'toaster' returns to writer's grave

The Associated Press
8:33 AM EST, January 19, 2009

BALTIMORE - To mark the 200th anniversary of writer Edgar Allan Poe's birth, a mysterious visitor again placed three red roses and a half-filled bottle of cognac at Poe's grave in Baltimore before quietly slipping away.

The curator of the Poe House and Museum, Jeff Jerome, said about 50 people waited outside the cemetery of Westminster Presbyterian Church, hoping to catch a glimpse Monday of the elusive man known as the "Poe toaster." The man returns each year in the early morning darkness on Poe's birthday.

Jerome says the visitor did not leave any note, not even to comment on the milestone anniversary. He adds the crowd was smaller than he expected and was better behaved than the rowdy groups that have attended the vigil in recent years.

The happiest day—the happiest hour
Mine eyes shall see—have ever seen,
The brightest glance of pride and power,
I feel—have been...

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