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Edgar Allan Poe to finally get proper funeral

200 years after Edgar Allen Poe’s death, the writer is about to get the burial he should have received when he died. [Thx Danielle]

One hundred sixty years ago, the beleaguered, impoverished Poe was found, delirious and in distress outside a Baltimore tavern. He was never coherent enough to explain what had befallen him since leaving Richmond, Va., a week earlier. He spent four days in a hospital before he died at age 40.

Poe’s cousin, Neilson Poe, never announced his death publicly. Fewer than 10 people attended the hasty funeral for one of the 19th century’s greatest writers. And the injustices piled on. Poe’s tombstone was destroyed before it could be installed, when a train derailed and crashed into a stonecutter’s yard. Rufus Griswold, a Poe enemy, published a libelous obituary that damaged Poe’s reputation for decades.

But on Sunday, Poe’s funeral will get an elaborate do-over, with two services expected to draw about 350 people each – the most a former church next to his grave can hold. Actors portraying Poe’s contemporaries and other long-dead writers and artists will pay their respects, reading eulogies adapted from their writings about Poe.

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  1. It’s about time!! I personally met a man who claimed he was related to Edgar Allen Poe but he looked a lot like the above pic (incredible). I got to hear some “inside” family stories (amazing). Didn’t realize he passed away at 40 (so young). He was a brilliant writer and deserved so much better than what he got. Would love to find out what happened to him in his final days that put him in that condition. That would make for another interesting Edgar Allen Poe story.

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