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‘Poe Toaster’ misses 60-year ritual at poet’s tomb 「艾倫坡祭酒」六十年來首度缺席坡冥誕


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A mysterious visitor who each year leaves roses and cognac on Edgar Allen Poe’s tomb in Baltimore, Maryland, last week missed his rendezvous for the first time in 61 years, the Poe Society said.

“He did not show up this morning,” Jeffrey Savoye, secretary and treasurer of the 380-member society, told AFP.

Each year since 1949, the 100th anniversary of Poe’s birth, an often-times cloaked individual left a bottle of cognac and a few roses at the foot of Poe’s tomb, usually at night, in tribute to the legendary poet.

“Occasionally he showed up early, like 11pm-11:30pm the evening before. But normally it’s from midnight to 5am,” Savoye said.

Around 50 people waited in vain to watch the “Poe Toaster,” as the visitor has been dubbed, he added. Many traveled from across the US for the 201st anniversary of Poe’s birth.

“As far as we know, they have not missed a year until now,” Savoye said of the Poe Toaster.

The original yearly visitor apparently died in 1998, but left the pilgrimage up to his two sons.

“We were left a note some years ago saying that the original toaster had died... We interpreted the message that the torch will be passed ... We are assuming that two sons of this person have been carrying it on,” he said.

“We don’t know who they are.”(afp)












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