Poe Returning to Boston

Poe Returning to Boston (HM220D)

Location: Boston, MA 02116 Suffolk County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 21.133', W 71° 4.033'

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Stefanie Rocknak, Sculptor

For my little son Edgar, who should ever love Boston, the place of his birth, and where his mother found her best and most sympathetic friends.     The inscription on a watercolor of Boston Harbor painted by Eliza Poe

Although Eliza Poe hoped that her son would grow up loving Boston, Poe's feelings about the place where he was born on January 19, 1809, were more complex. After a brief period here as an infant, he was raised in Richmond, Virginia, and London, England. But he moved back to Boston at the age of 18 and published several of his major works here. These include his first book (Tamerlane and Other Poems, 1827), his most famous story ("The Tell-Tale Heart," 1843), and many of his last works (including "A Dream within a Dream," "Hop-Frog," and "To My Mother," 1849). Still, Poe's advocacy of poetry for the sake of poetry led him to denounce members of the Boston literati as "Frogpondians," who used literature to convey moral and political lessons. In the Rocknak statue, Poe is returning to Boston. Just off the train, he is walking south away from the Frog Pond and toward 62 Carver Street where his parents were living around the time he was born. With a trunk full of ideas and worldwide success, he is finally coming home.
October 2014 by The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc.
with the generous support of the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund, the Highland Street Foundation, George B. Henderson Foundation Fund for the City of Boston, the Lynch Foundation, Boloco, Boston College, Boston Park Plaza, Bromer Booksellers, L. J. Peretti Company, Samet & Company, PC, CPAs, Shawmut Design and Construction, the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts, the Bartevian Family, Leah D. Basbanes, Dan Currie, Grace P. Jeanes, Stephen and Tabitha King, John LaFleur, Paul Lewis, Jean R. Mineo, Michael B. Moskow, Susan Jaffe Tane, and Sarah B. Wolfe
HM NumberHM220D
Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 329741 N 4690953
Decimal Degrees42.35221667, -71.06721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 21.133', W 71° 4.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 21' 7.9799999999999" N, 71° 4' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)617, 508, 781, 978
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Park Plaza, Boston MA 02116, US
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