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John H. B. Latrobe House

 
 
John H. B. Latrobe House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, January 24, 2008
1. John H. B. Latrobe House Marker
Inscription. On an evening in October, 1833, three of Baltimore's most discerning gentlemen were gathered around a table in the back parlor of this house. Fortified with “some old wine and some good cigars,” John Pendleton Kennedy, James H. Miller and John H. B. Latrobe poured over manuscripts submitted in a literary contest sponsored by the Baltimore Sunday Visiter. Their unanimous choice for best prose tale was “MS. Found in a Bottle,” a curious and haunting tale of annihilation. The fifty dollar prize was awarded to the story’s unknown, penniless author—Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe had come to Baltimore in the spring of 1831, after his dismissal from West Point. He had no money, no trade and no reputation. The four years he spent in Baltimore were a period of intense creativity. His major effort during those years were sixteen tales he wrote for the Folio Club, an imaginary literary club of his creation. One of these sixteen tales was “MS. Found in a Bottle.”

The prize for this story, the public recognition that it brought and the lifelong friendship it generated between Poe and literary patron Kennedy helped to launch Poe on his brilliant career. He left Baltimore in 1835 to become editor of the Southern Literary Messenger.
 
Erected by
The Latrobe house image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck
2. The Latrobe house
the City of Baltimore, Fulton & Hellen, Inc., sponsor, and William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.64′ N, 76° 36.977′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on West Mulberry Street (U.S. 40). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11 West Mulberry Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington Bicentennial Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Enoch Pratt Free Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Women's Industrial Exchange (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rectory of Old St. Paul’s Parish (about 300 feet away); Brown’s Arcade (about 400 feet away); Expanding the American Intellect: Icons and Iconoclasts (about 400 feet away); First Unitarian Church (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
 
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