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October 6, 2009, 12:15 pm
After ‘The Premature Burial,’ Two Burials for Edgar Allan PoeBy Dave Itzkoff
Edgar Allan Poe will meet you at the cemetery gates.
More than 150 years later, Edgar Allan Poe will finally receive a proper funeral — two of them, in fact. The city of Baltimore is planning two ceremonial burials for Poe, the author and postmodern fashion plate, to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, The Associated Press reported. The events offer more than just a good afternoon’s entertainment for local goths: they are meant to make up for the fact that when Poe died in 1849, his funeral was attended by fewer than 10 people. (His cousin Neilson Poe never publicly announced his death.) In order to accommodate the expected turnout, two funerals will be held on Sunday at Westminster Hall, the former church near his family plot in Westminster Graveyard. If those events are not sufficiently gloomy for you, they will be preceded on Wednesday by a public viewing of a replica of Poe’s body, and on Thursday by an all-night vigil at the Poe Monument in Westminster Graveyard. (The official florist for the Poe funerals can be found here.)