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The Bibliothecary: Ed & Edgarhttp://bibliothecary.squarespace.com/ed-and-edgar/The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimorehttp://www.eapoe.org/Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site [pdf]http://www.nps.gov/edal/Edgar Allan Poehttp://etext.virginia.edu/poe/poebiog.htmlScholar, Athlete, and Artist: Edgar Allan Poe at University of Virginiahttp://www.literarytraveler.com/literary_articles/edgar_allan_poe_author.aspxDuring his 40 years on earth, Edgar Allan Poe lived what might be termed a productive and peripatetic existence. He was born in Boston, raised in Richmond, spent time studying at Mr. Jefferson's University of Virginia, returned to Richmond, left again for Boston, moved in with his aunt in Baltimore, returned again to Richmond, spent time in Philadelphia and New York City, and then made a fateful trip back to Baltimore where he died. Poe was arguably the first American writer to become an international celebrity, and his legacy remains undiminished in the over 150 years that have passed since he breathed his last. Given all that, it's not surprising that there is a minor tempest in a teapot currently brewing over his last resting place. Poe is buried in Baltimore, but Edward Pettit, a Philadelphian and Poe scholar, would like to see him repatriated to the City of Brotherly Love. Pettit has been calling for Philadelphians to join him in his cause, and his hope is that Poe's body can be moved before the bicentennial of his birth in January 2009. Pettit is quick to point out that Poe wrote many of his most loved works in Philadelphia, including "The Fall of the House of Usher" and "The Tell-Tale Heart". In response, Jeff Jerome, the curator of the Poe House in Baltimore remarked, "Philadelphia can keep its broken bell and its cheese steak, but Poe's body isn't going anywhere." The matter may be resolved in a gentlemanly manner come early January, when Mr. Pettit is scheduled to debate a debater-to-be-named later regarding this dispute at the Philadelphia Free Library. The first link will lead visitors to a piece from the New York Times which offers up some rather compelling details about this ongoing debate between the City of Brotherly Love and Charm City. The second link will lead visitors to the "Ed & Edgar" section of Edward Pettit's website. Here visitors can learn about Pettit's interactions with all things Poe, and his ongoing struggle to restore Poe's Philadelphia legacy. Moving on, the third link leads to the homepage of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Their site is quite nice, and visitors can learn about Poe's time in Baltimore, his gravesite at the Westminster Burying Ground, and also look over information on joining their ranks. The fourth site will whisk users away to the website of the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia. It's a great place to learn about Poe's time in Philadelphia, and visitors can use the site to plan a visit. The fifth link will take users to an excellent site created by the University of Virginia, which contains a number of letters written to and from Poe while he was a student in Charlottesville, along with many of his tales of horror, intrigue, and general suspense. The final link leads to a nice essay by Scott D. Peterson about Poe's time at the University of Virginia, where he managed to rack up a sizeable amount of debt, write some poems, and also gamble a bit of money away.
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