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Poe Returning to Boston

Stefanie Rocknak, Sculptor

 
 
Poe Returning to Boston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, September 28, 2017
1. Poe Returning to Boston Marker
Inscription. 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

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.

Installed
Side View of Poe Statue image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, September 28, 2017
2. Side View of Poe Statue
A raven accompanies Poe on his brisk walk, while a pile of manuscripts and a tell-tale heart appear to have fallen out of his trunk. The marker can be seen in the distance at right, mounted on the wall of L. J. Peretti Co., tobacconists.
October 2014 by The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc. with the generous support of the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund, the Highland Street Foundation, George B. Henderson Foundation Fund for the City of Boston, the Lynch Foundation, Boloco, Boston College, Boston Park Plaza, Bromer Booksellers, L. J. Peretti Company, Samet & Company, PC, CPAs, Shawmut Design and Construction, the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, the Bartevian Family, Leah D. Basbanes, Dan Currie, Grace P. Jeanes, Stephen and Tabitha King, John LaFleur, Paul Lewis, Jean R. Mineo, Michael B. Moskow, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Sarah B. Wolfe

 
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. Emerson Majestic Theatre (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Quincy Adams
Front View of Poe Statue image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, September 28, 2017
3. Front View of Poe Statue
Poe is walking south, away from the Boston Public Garden (in the background at left) and Boston Common (toward right).
(about 800 feet away); The Cocoanut Grove (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Sea Mine Force Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Robert McCloskey (approx. ¼ mile away); Monument to Ether (approx. 0.3 miles away); Commodore John Barry (approx. 0.3 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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Closeup of Poe’s Head image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, September 28, 2017
4. Closeup of Poe’s Head
Poe Statue at Night image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, September 28, 2017
5. Poe Statue at Night
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2017, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 29, 2017, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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