Although Edgar Allan Poe wasn’t born in Baltimore and only spent part of his life here, it is where he died… 160 years ago yesterday. This year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth, so there are celebrations all year long.Yesterday, in honour of the poet and writer, I stopped by his house where his body was lying and a wake was being held. People have come from around the world to participate in events of celebration this year. His death was barely noticed in 1849, with just a simple three-minute ceremony and a few lines in the local paper. However, any past slights will be more than made up for this weekend, when Baltimorean and actor, John Astin (better known to some as the original Gomez Addams) will officiate at the funeral service and introduce scholars who will discuss Poe’s influences which continue today.On Saturday morning, a horse-drawn carriage will take Poe’s body the several blocks from his home on Amity Street to the Westminster Burying Ground (conveniently located just around the corner from the University of Maryland’s 200 year old medical school).
For more information, click here for a list of celebrations and times.
Forget Edgar Allan Poe? Nevermore.