BOSTON (AP) – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, the city’s poet laureate Sam Cornish and fans of the “master of the macabre” plan to dedicate a square near Boston Common in honor of Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe was born in Boston on Jan. 19, 1809.

But the author of “The Raven” and “The Cask of Amontillado” had an often bitter relationship with his hometown. He sometimes lied about this birthplace and voiced his distaste for the city’s literary elite.

Boston, though, has tried recently to show more love for Poe. Menino declared January “Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Month.”

The square to be dedicated Monday is at the intersection of Boylston and Charles streets. The site of Poe’s actual birth is near the current site of the State Transportation Building.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.