Edgar Allan Poe Getting Proper Funeral

Poe FuneralThe year 2009 is the 200th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth and many cities are celebrating the event.  Baltimore is rectifying one shortcoming, however.  Poe, who died in 1849, did not have a proper funeral.  So, on Sunday, October 11, Poe’s funeral will get an elaborate do-over.

According to the Associated Press, Neilson Poe, Edgar’s cousin, never announced Edgar’s death publicly.  Fewer than 10 people attended the funeral.  “And the injustices piled on.  Poe’s tombstone was destroyed before it could be installed, when a train derailed and crashed into a stonecutter’s yard.  Rufus Griswold, a Poe enemy, published a libelous obituary that damaged Poe’s reputation for decades.”

Additionally, the Baltimore Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit “Edgar Allan Poe: A Baltimore Icon” with illustrations to The Raven by Edouard Manet.

So, for all you Poe fans, don’t forget to look in our collection for your favorite story.

– posted by Ed G., Reference

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