Friday, January 20, 2012

Nevermore Nevermore

It would seem for the third year in a row the Poe Toaster did not return to Edgar Allen Poe's Grave site on his birthday and leave three roses and a half-emptied bottle of cognac on the grave.

Poe, who was born in Boston, lived in Baltimore, London, New York, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va. He died in Baltimore in 1849. Poe was buried in his grandfather's lot in Westminster Burial Grounds of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. In 1875, his body and that of his mother-in-law Maria Clemm were moved to a prominent spot by the entrance with a memorial marker. Ten Years later the body of his wife, Virginia, was exhumed and reburied with him. The three roses that are left by the Poe toaster are for each of them.

The Poe Toaster, an anonymous man wearing black clothes with a white scarf and a wide-brimmed hat, date back to at least the 1940s.

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