Edward Pettit, an Edgar Allan Poe Scholar, argues that Poe’s body belongs in Philadelphia where he wrote many of his works not in Baltimore, where he’s buried because he happened to die there — under strange circumstances. On January 13, Pettit is going to square off against Jeff Jerome, the curator of the Poe House in Baltimore. January 19, 2009, marks the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth.
Jerome says he’ll argue with grace and facts and then walk over to Pettit like a gentleman and punch him square in the face.
For more about the story go to my blog at this link Philadelphia and Baltimore Fight Over Edgar Allan Poe’s Body. There’s also a link on my blog to a story about it in the New York Times. I’m too lazy to re-write it all here. Cathy