Edgar Allan Poe Returns To Boston

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Edgar Allan Poe's Gothic masterpiece "The Tell Tale Heart" was first published in 1843 in the inaugural issue of the Boston magazine "The Pioneer," which was edited by James Russell Lowell, one of Boston's great literary figures.

It's a rather interesting fact about Poe, because even though he was born in Boston, Poe had a very tumultuous relationship with the city's literati. Boston, in turn, basically told Poe "nevermore!" and didn't embrace him as it has other legendary wordsmiths such as Emerson, Thoreau, or Longfellow.

Now, all that is about to change. The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston will unveil a new statue honoring Poe near Boston Common on Oct. 5.


Paul Lewis, professor of English at Boston College and chair of the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston. You can find photos of the statue here.


BostInno: Foundation Breaks Ground On Life-Sized Edgar Allan Poe Statue

  • "The sculpture is the brainchild of Stefanie Rocknack and dubbed Poe Returning to Boston. It depicts Poe, with his quintessential disheveled hair, an open briefcase and accompanying raven, seemingly stepping off a train and returning to his hometown.

This segment aired on September 24, 2014.


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