Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Square

This place, the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street, has been named Edgar Allan Poe Square. It's not too far from where Poe was born (here's the plaque). I don't know how impressed Eddy would be by this honor. He was never a big fan of his natal city. He considered himself a southern gentleman and liked to tweak the aesthetic sensibilities of the literary establishment in what he called “Frogpondium.” Still, his mother would have been proud. As she lay dying she wrote him a little note on the back of a sketch of Boston Harbor; “For my little son Edgar, who should ever love Boston the place of his birth, and where his mother found her best and most sympathetic friends.”

She still has friends here.

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