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New, anonymous 'Poe Toaster' selected to honor poet

New, anonymous 'Poe Toaster' selected by secret ballot to perform tribute at poet's gravesite

New, anonymous 'Poe Toaster' selected to honor poet

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The next "Poe Toaster" in charge of performing a tribute at Edgar Allan Poe's gravesite has been selected.

The Baltimore Sun ( reports the Maryland Historical Society, Poe Baltimore and Westminster Burying Grounds decided to hold a contest to select a new Poe Toaster.

They accepted proposals for how each candidate would pay tribute to Poe. The winner was selected by a secret ballot.

The tradition started after a mysterious visitor would leave three roses and a bottle of cognac at Poe's grave on the night of his birthday. The visitor started the tradition in the 1930s until 2009.

The new Poe Toaster will perform a tribute at Poe's gravesite during the writer's birthday in January.

The identity of the new Poe Toaster is a secret.


Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

Updated : 2021-09-26 21:13 GMT+08:00