January 20, 2004
Taciturn yet opinionated, a mysterious man in black visited the gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe in yesterday's pre-dawn darkness and left a note to accompany his usual tribute of cognac and three roses to mark the author's birth nearly 200 years ago. "The sacred memory of Poe and his final resting place is no place for French cognac," the note read. "With great reluctance but for respect for family tradition the cognac is" placed at the grave. "The memory of Poe shall live evermore!" the note concluded.
February 14, 2002
WASHINGTON -- "... I ran. There was a bullet in me trying to take my life, all 13 years of it." With those startling words on its opening page, Claude Brown's book Manchild in the Promised Land opens a rare and riveting window into his dangerous journey from theft, drugs and juvenile detention on the streets of mid-20th century Harlem to eventual redemption and education at Howard University and Rutgers University Law School. The 1965 semi-autobiographical novel sold 4 million copies and still sells more than 30,000 copies a year as required reading in many classrooms.