Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mystery Visitor To Poe's Grave Is A No-Show

A mystery visitor who has been visiting Edgar Allan Poe's grave yearly for a long time now, did not visit this year. An excerpt:

It is what Edgar Allan Poe might have called "a mystery all insoluble": Every year for the past six decades, a shadowy visitor would leave roses and a half-empty bottle of cognac on Poe's grave on the anniversary of the writer's birth. This year, no one showed.

Did the mysterious "Poe toaster" meet his own mortal end? Did some kind of ghastly misfortune befall him? Will he be heard from nevermore?

"I'm confused, befuddled," said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Poe House and Museum. "I don't know what's going on."


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