Today is the 199th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe, and celebrations are underway in Baltimore.
Yesterday, the Carroll County Times ran an article about this year's festivities, complete with a Poe timeline and a profile of Jeff Jerome (curator of the Poe House). The piece notes that Jerome will be announcing a new Poe discovery at the celebration: "It's something about Poe we've always chalked up to rumor. It's not earth shattering, but it's very interesting."
Ed, our favorite Philadelphia-Poe partisan, has infiltrated enemy territory for the weekend and promises a report back. He also notes that he's got a new blog in the works: Ed and Edgar, "which will document my adventures with Edgar Allan Poe this year." Excellent!
Poe's also featured on today's "Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor, so don't miss a segment from The Fall of the House of Usher and an excellent short essay on Poe's life and works.