E. A. Poe at the Pratt and Baltimore.

In another possibly Shameless Plug for my hometown and the location of Pencil Revolution HQ, I have to mention the excellent Poe Collection at the Pratt in Baltimore. The collection includes letters, art, and artifacts. Baltimore itself is a bastion Poe-dom. We have Poe’s body, interred at Westminister Hall and Burying Ground. As such, the Poe Toaster also visited our fair city annually. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum is in Baltimore, not far from Poe’s final resting place. Of course, we also have the most literary-ily named NFL team: The Baltimore Ravens.

For more…information (or, a fictional view which presents some new historical facts) about Mr. Poe’s death, Comrades are urged to read Matthew Pearl’s The Poe Shadow, which depicts mid-19th century Baltimore in a unique light, especially for natives of Charm City.

Finally, the recent film, The Raven, which was widely panned by critics, is actually a fun film, even if not filmed in Baltimore. If nothing else, James McTeigue‘s direction (as in V for Vendetta) was excellent.

4 Replies to “E. A. Poe at the Pratt and Baltimore.”

  1. If I am not mistaken, a NYT article some years back reported the Poe Toaster failed to turn up at Poe’s gravesite for several years running, leading to speculation that he too had succumbed to his long surcease. A shame really, if there’s anything I like more than literature it’s an act of impromptu literary theater which becomes its own tradition, such as Bloomsday, or a community reading of Spoon River Anthology beginning at twilight in the local cemetary. Perhaps some other nameless soul will assume the Poe Toaster’s fallen mantle so that this solemn memorialization of his enigmatic hero may live on. Having no plans to visit Charm City, I will content myself with copying out “The Raven” in pencil: “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December…”, and so on.

  2. Associating Palomino Blackwings with famous artists and writers by dropping a PBW in the photo is absurd. You and Cal Pencil both have this problem, Ed Poe never went near a Palomino Pencil… they weren’t around in the 19th century. What’s next… a PBW on Karl Marx’s grave or the Church of the Nativity?

    1. I never said he used Blackwings at all. I’m not even aware that Mr. Poe used pencils or if he hated them. I’m perfectly aware that there were no Blackwings in the mid-19th century, let alone Palomino branded ones. If “dropping” a branded pencil into a photo with an artist or writer is unacceptable, are we never to photograph pencils with images or books at all if these pencils are, like most pencils, branded?

      This was simply the closest black pencil to hand when I was taking pictures with the stomach flu, a Blackwing stub that my daughter left on the table. There are pictures of Hemingway with books and pencils on this site, and I have yet to hear that I am claiming an endorsement from those brands by Mr. Hemingway.

      With all due respect, the only “problem” is reading a little too much into a photograph.

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