Saturday, November 03, 2007


Philadelphia and Baltimore are locked in a dispute over which city has the better claim on Edgar Allan Poe.
The writer, novelist, editor and critic is famously buried in Baltimore, where he died 158 years ago this month. But some scholars say the master of the macabre was living in Philadelphia when he produced much of his best work — including some of the first detective mysteries ever written.
The debate started a few weeks ago when lit-blogger Edward Pettit proposed a "literary grave robbing" in a cover story for the Philadelphia City Paper.
The Baltimore Sun shot back with an editorial titled, "We Have the Body, and We're Keeping Him."
The Philadelphia Inquirer offered its own contribution to the debate in verse.
With the writer's 200th birthday coming in 2009, Poe scholars in both towns hope the publicity will stir interest.

from Joel Rose, All Things Considered at NPR via Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind

I would rather like the symmetry of Edgar Allan Poe creating the first great detective C. Auguste Dupin in Baltimore, and the latest really great television crime series The Wire being set in Baltimore.


Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Bloody Baltimoreans will probably try to steal Walt Whitman from Camden next. Actually, the crime-fiction gods appear to be smiling on Baltimore these days, what with The Wire and Baltimore Noir. I recently read and enjoyed a story by Laura Lippman in another anthology, so maybe there's something to this Baltimore thing after all.
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