Saturday, April 19, 2008

Day 110 - Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was one of my favorite authors back in the days when English literature were required courses. So when the "literary" theme appeared in Karin's post, I immediately thought of Poe. Today Marianne (see her post here) and I visited the place in Baltimore where he lived with his aunt and cousin (later his wife). Though the Poe family was well established in Baltimore, Edgar Allan was born in Boston, lived in many places. His parents died when he was not quite three and he was raised by stepparents. His family home was Baltimore and that is where he died during a visit back to the city. See the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore web site for chronology and other info on his works.

203 Amity St, where he began to get some recognition for his writing.

Westminster Hall and Burying Ground was a church built over an existing cemetery. It is maintained by the Westminster Preservation Trust, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization under the leadership of the University of Marland School of Law. Many Baltimore leaders of the revolutionary period are buried here, but it is Edgar Allan Poe who attracts the most attention. There are plaques in the burial grounds with many details of Poe and others interred there. Wikipedia also has information on his burial.

Evermore the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe

Detail from monument

One of many informative plaques in the burial ground


Karin said...

I vaguely remember being told that my hubby's aunt was distantly related to the Poes, but I could have gotten it all wrong. Still, very interesting. Poe wrote one of my favorite poems, by the way, "The Bells".

~**Dawn**~ said...

I think historical sites like this are so interesting!