October 4, 2013
Good news for fans of Edgar Allan Poe. The west Baltimore house where the great author lived as a young man is reopening -- at least for the month of October. The house, beset by financial trouble, has been closed since September 2012. It is now under the management of a new organization, Poe Baltimore, and will be open on weekends this month. The group plans to reopen the brick rowhouse at 203 N. Amity St. for good in the spring. Hours this month are noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
July 30, 2013
If you've got any Edgar Allan Poe manuscripts lying around, this may be a good time to sell them. A copy of Poe's poem "The Conqueror Worm," hand-written and signed by the author, sold for $300,000 Saturday -- about $280,000 more than the New England auction house handling it had expected. The yellowed document was purchased by an anonymous collector, SouthCoastToday.com reports, who has 10 days to verify its authenticity before the sale is final. It had been owned by a Rhode Island family since 1920, and was offered for auction by Marion Antique Auctions in Marion, Mass.
February 8, 2013
With Valentine's Day approaching, it's a good time to review some of the literary love stories that have been set in Baltimore. In an article in the latest issue of the Sun magazine, reporter Jill Rosen highlights the relationships of H.L. Mencken, Edgar Allan Poe and F. Scott Fitzgerald -- all three of which ended in tragedy. Here are excerpts from that article. -- Sara Powell Haardt ... understood Mencken's commitment to his work. He appreciated her independence. They were two level-headed agnostics who loved Baltimore.
January 28, 2013
Once upon a Sunday, nervous, I sat spectating through my cable service, Wondering why, oh why, the Ravens couldn't score. While I grimaced, quite distraught, suddenly a pass was caught. A breath of life from those once at death's door? "'Tis just a fluke", I said, "a small vict'ry in a losing war. " "Only this, and nothing more. " Ah, distinctly I remember, 'twas well past a cold December, And each playoff weekend became more of a bore. Grumpily I watched my teams, sink like iron ducks it seems, As they flopped and flailed like an ostrich trying to soar.
January 19, 2013
No network midseason show has generated more buzz than "The Following," which premieres Monday night on Fox. There are three reasons for that: First, Kevin Bacon is the star, and he's better than most network television actors. Here he plays an angry, burned-out ex-F.B.I. agent with a drinking problem who is called out of retirement when a serial killer escapes from prison. Second, because the serial killer worships Edgar Allan Poe, the series is drenched in all things Poe. Baltimore, being filled with Poe Lovers, is a prime target for the Fox publicity campaign.
December 28, 2012
A shocking and dastardly literary crime has been perpetrated upon a heretofore unsuspecting citizenry. How could you allow The Sun to publish such a travesty about the fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes ("On the case," Dec. 23)? Contrary to what the writer claims, Sherlock Holmes was not the first consulting detective in modern literature, and Arthur Conan Doyle did not invent the police procedural. In fact, a character named C. Auguste Dupin was on the case nearly five decades before Holmes made his first appearance.