Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Edgar Allan Poe House
While living here, the famous American writer first gained public recoginition. In 1833, Poe won a literacy contest sponsored by the Baltimore Saturday Visitor, one of the seventy magazines that burst upon, the local scene in the early 19th century. The three judges, who included J. H. B. Latrobe, unanimously awarded the $50 prize to Poe for “MS in a Bottle.” “Distinguished by a vigorous and poetical imagination,” declared the judges, “a rich style, a fertile invention and varied and curious learning.”
Poe became famous for his lyric poetry, discerning criticism, detective stories and hair raising “tales of the grotesque and ababesque,” but his personal life was clouded by difficulties with alcohol, intermittent poverty and tragedy. Poe died in Baltimore under mysterious circumstances on October 7, 1849, having been found four days earlier in an unconscious state on Lombard Street. He is buried in Western Burying Grounds at Westminster Church.
Erected by the City of Baltimore, Jeff Jerome, sponsor,
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 39° 17.487′ N, 76° 37.99′ W. Marker was in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker was on Amity Street 0.1 miles north of Fayatte Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 203 Amity St., Baltimore MD 21223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Edgar Allan Poe House (a few steps from this marker); The Western District Station House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Irish Railroad Workers Shrine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Perkins Square Gazebo (approx. 0.4 miles away); Brig. General Lewis A. Armistead (approx. 0.4 miles away); National Independence in the Revolution and War of 1812 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Chessie's Famous "Big Mike" (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
More about this marker. This marker has been replaced with a newer marker with the same name.
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Education • Notable Persons •
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