For decades, until 2010, someone appeared at Edgar Allan Poe's grave site in Baltimore before dawn on Jan. 19 — his birthday.
|Paying my respects at the original gravesite.|
Last night, there was no visit.
So, as the Baltimore Sun tells us, early today:
"A tired Jeff Jerome, curator of the city's Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, 'officially' pronounced the Poe-toasting tradition over. Having spent the night inside Westminster Hall [on the burial grounds], awaiting the toaster's arrival, Jerome declared that the furtive stranger's poignant tribute would be left nevermore."
What happened to the toaster? Who was it? That all sounds like a good mystery to explore.
Story courtesy of National Public Radio.