Edgar Allan Poe's birthday visitor

There are certainly things about Baltimore that I don't like: murder, heroin addiction, blocks of boarded-up houses. But any city where for 58 years, someone has come the grave of a writer to leave a mysterious tribute, well, can't be all bad.

When it became clear that the Poe Toaster had arrived, and placed a half-empty bottle of cognac and three red roses on Poe's grave, the crowd rushed to one entrance to get a glimpse.

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Starting in 1949, a frail figure made the visit to Poe's grave. In 1993 the original visitor left a cryptic note saying, "The torch will be passed." A later note said the man, who apparently died in 1998, had handed the tradition on to his sons.

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MD & Poe

Cara and I just read a Laura Lippman book (Baltimore Mystery writer) based on this. It was ok, but what was GREAT was going to the celebration they had at the facility/museum there. People were running amuck in full character from Poe's works. OUT FREAK'N STANDING!!

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