Thursday, August 16, 2007
Edgar Allan Poe
Everyone knows Edgar Allan Poe as the author of many macabre tales and quite possibly the father of modern detective fiction. Many regard Murders in the Rue Morgue as one of the first published examples of a detective story. His death, as was his life, has always been surrounded in mystery. For years there have been stories of the Poe Toaster, a black clothed figure who visits Poe's Baltimore grave and placed "three red roses and a half-bottle of cognac on the grave". Today, I read a story on CNN that says the Poe Toaster was nothing but a hoax. If Sam Porpora is telling the truth, does it really matter? The story of the Poe Toaster brought recognition to Poe's genius and attention to a sadly neglected important landmark of American literature.