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The Latrobe House

 
 
John H. B. Latrobe House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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
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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 City of Baltimore, Fulton & Hellen, Inc., sponsor, and William Donald Schaefer, mayor.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCommunications. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1833.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 39° 17.64′ N, 76° 36.977′ W. Marker was in Baltimore, Maryland. It was in Downtown. Marker was on West Mulberry Street (U.S. 40). Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 11 West Mulberry Street, Baltimore MD 21201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named The Latrobe House (here, next to this marker); James Cardinal Gibbons Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (within shouting distance of this marker); Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (within shouting distance of
The Latrobe house image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck
2. The Latrobe house
this marker); Creating an American Culture: The Golden Age of Baltimore (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); Votes for Women (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced with the linked marker which has slightly different content.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,153 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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