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|Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 02:41 pm: |
I know this day is important for being our celebration of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. But let me also give a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, as today is the 200th anniversary of his birth. Poe was the first author who I became enamored with. After being assigned in school to memorize and recite "The Raven," I then went on to devour everything he wrote. And the film adaptations of his work are some of my favorite scary movies.
Monday, Jan. 19 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the American master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe.
The city of Baltimore, where Poe sometimes lived, is a place full of his haunts, including his house on Amity Street and the tavern where he drank before his death in 1849.
Baltimore is holding a year-long Poe commemoration, and Saturday night actor and Baltimorean John Astin will present an hour of Poe's works at Westminster Hall.
The actor, who is perhaps best known as "Gomez" in The Addams Family, joins host Scott Simon to remember the master.