The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston says it's raised enough money for a statue of Edgar Allan Poe - and a giant raven - at Boylston Street and Charles Street South, and will unveil it at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5.
The foundation needed $225,000 to pay for Stefanie Rocknak's statue and upkeep. It reports a $10,000 grant from the Lynch Foundation got it over the top - which means foundation officials no longer have to worry they will just rue plans sitting in a morgue somewhere.
Ironically, Poe, who became more widely read after his death, thought Boston kind of a pit - he derided the place as "Frogpondia." But the pendulum swung and in 2009, the city dedicated a corner at Boylston and Charles in his honor. Today, a tell-tale plaque and signal box mark the spot near where the statue will go, in the city where he published his first work.
The foundation hopes the statue's unveiling this fall will usher in a new appreciation for the writer. No word if the unveiling will include cracking open a cask of amontillado.
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