Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Poe Returning to Boston
Stefanie Rocknak, Sculptor
The inscription on a watercolor of Boston Harbor painted by Eliza Poe
Although Eliza Poe hoped that her son would grow up loving Boston, Poe’s feelings about the place where he was born on January 19, 1809, were more complex. After a brief period here as an infant, he was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and London, England. But he moved back to Boston at the age of 18 and published several of his major works here. These include his first book (Tamerlane and Other Poems, 1827), his most famous story (“The Tell-Tale Heart,” 1843), and many of his last works (including “A Dream within a Dream,” “Hop-Frog,” and “To My Mother,” 1849). Still, Poe’s advocacy of poetry for the sake of poetry led him to denounce members of the Boston literati as “Frogpondians,” who used literature to convey moral and political lessons. In the Rocknak statue, Poe is returning to Boston. Just off the train, he is walking south away from the Frog Pond and toward 62 Carver Street where his parents were living around the time he was born. With a trunk full of ideas and worldwide success, he is finally coming home.
Erected 2014 by the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc.
Location. 42° 21.133′ N, 71° 4.033′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Charles Street South and Boylston Street, on the right when traveling north on Charles Street South. Touch for map. Some maps show other names for Charles Street South, such as Carver Street, or Park Plaza. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02116, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wendell Phillips (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Thomas Cass and the Ninth Massachusetts Infantry General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (about 500 feet away); Emerson Majestic Theatre (about 700 feet away); John Quincy Adams (about 800 feet away); The Cocoanut Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Ellery Channing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Edward Everett Hale (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
Also see . . . Poe Statue Unveiled. (Submitted on September 29, 2017, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
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