Today marks the 202nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe’s birth … let’s see, that would mean January, 21, 1809. Born in Boston, he was most closely identified with the city of Baltimore, where he first gained wide success with the publication of The Raven. Did you know his birth name did not include “Allan?”
As wikipedia.org reports it (and who am I to argue with the collective wisdom of the crowd), Poe’s father abandoned the family and when his mother later died, the young boy was taken in by the Allan family of Richmond, Va.
The word “blog” comes from “web log,” and originally it was more of a place to keep referral links of good stuff found on the Web. So today, that’s how I’m treating this blog. Mental Floss has a wonderful celebratory piece on Poe that I can recommend for you to read. Enjoy.