To mark the 200th anniversary of writer Edgar Allan Poe’s birth, a mysterious visitor again placed three red roses and a half-filled bottle of cognac at Poe’s grave in Baltimore before quietly slipping away.

The curator of the Poe House and Museum, Jeff Jerome, said about 50 people waited outside the cemetery of Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monday, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive man known as the “Poe Toaster.” The man returns each year in the early morning darkness on Poe’s birthday.

To learn more about the life and work of Poe, we recommend The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Since 1977, the Poe Society has focusecd on an annual commemorative lecture and associated publications. In addition, they continue to respond to as many inquires relating to Poe’s life and works as their resources permit, and they have a wonderfully informative website.

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