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    The purpose of Boston’s Edgar Allan Poe public art project is to honor Edgar Allan Poe in the city where he was born on January 19, 1809, by installing a permanent memorial near his birthplace before the middle of 2014.


The goal of this effort is to expand literary tourism in the city by stimulating interest in Poe’s controversial role in the literary heritage of Boston, and in the importance of Boston and New England to Poe’s development both as a man and as one of America’s most influential writers.


• For details about the public art project, please visit the websites of its official sponsor, the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, and the Boston Art Commission.


• Please also visit the groundbreaking 2009 Poe Bicentennial Exhibition now online at The Raven in the Frog Pond: Edgar Allan Poe and the City of Boston.


• For other news about Poe and his connections to Boston, including information about the original map of Poe’s Boston known as  “The Raven’s Trail,” see the Facebook page of the Poe Foundation, the Facebook page of Bartevian Inc., and the @poeboston Twitter feed of the map’s creator, former Poe Foundation president Dan Currie, who also maintains this website. ... Up with Poe!

Poe’s Boston birthplace, 62 Carver Street

(now Charles St. South) was razed in 1959.

Poe Returning to Boston, from a preliminary model of a proposed life-size bronze sculpture by Stefanie Rocknak.

Poe’s mother, Eliza

“Their poetry is not so good. Their common is no common thing–and the duck-pond might answer–if its answer could be heard for the frogs.” 

Poe on the “Frogpondian” literary establishment of Boston, Nov. 1, 1845


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“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.”

• The inscription on a watercolor of Boston Harbor painted by Eliza Poe in 1808


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Poe Boston Inc.

P.O. Box 5608   Boston, MA 02114

dan@poeboston.org   617.448.7115


Poe Returning to Boston, crossing Poe Square at Boylston and Charles Streets, and headed south toward his birthplace, two blocks away.


205 years after he was born here,

Edgar Allan Poe is returning to Boston

“Suddenly there came a tapping,

   as of someone gently rapping,

       rapping at my chamber door ...”