UPDATE: The famous ‘Poe Toaster’ returned to mark the writer’s 200th anniversary, just as he has in previous years.
To mark the 200th anniversary of writer Edgar Allan Poe’s birth, a mysterious visitor again placed three red roses and a half-filled bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave in Baltimore before quietly slipping away.
The curator of the Poe House and Museum, Jeff Jerome, said about 50 people waited outside the cemetery of Westminster Presbyterian Church, hoping to catch a glimpse Monday of the elusive man known as the “Poe toaster.” The man returns each year in the early morning darkness on Poe’s birthday.
Edgar Allan Poe was born 200 years ago today. The New York Times has a slide show at the link above of original manuscripts featuring Poe’s writing.
Poe was a troubled man for much of his adult life and that shows through most of his writings. He had a large influence on the detective fiction and science fiction genres, and his works have endured.