The return of Edgar Allan Poe

poe statueThe Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston—chaired by Boston College Professor of English Paul Lewis–will dedicate and unveil sculptor Stefanie Rocknak’s statue, “Poe Returning to Boston,” on Sunday, October 5 at 2 p.m. in Edgar Allan Poe Square, at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. The story of Poe’s engagement with Boston writers and editors, whom he called ‘Frogpondians,’ is a fascinating and important part of America’s literary history, according to Lewis, who spearheaded a campaign to have the city reclaim its native son. Prior to the statue dedication, at 12:30 p.m., the foundation will present a celebratory program—which will feature readings, brief speeches, and original musical settings of Poe poems—in the Georgian Room of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street; doors open at noon). The dedication ceremony will feature comments by former US poet laureate Robert Pinsky, and a representative of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Both the dedication and the program are open to the public free of charge; but due to space constraints, organizers note that there is a limit to the number of people who can be accommodated.  A designated area outside, near the statue, will be open to the public during the brief dedication. More from The Boston Globe | BC News | WBUR “Radio Boston”

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