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Novelist Stephen King donates to Edgar Allan Poe statue project

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 2, 2013 11:36 AM

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A rendering of Stefanie Rocknak's sculpture "Poe Returning to Boston."

Plans to build a statue honoring Boston native and macabre master Edgar Allan Poe have received a boost from fellow writer and New England native, novelist Stephen King.

King and his wife, novelist Tabitha King, have contributed $5,000 to help build a statute to commemorate Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in Boston in 1809.

The statue, a life-size bronze sculpture of Poe returning to Boston with a raven emerging from his trunk, and papers and a heart trailing behind him, is set to be built in Edgar Allan Square at the corner of Boylston and Charles streets.

The author was born not far from the brick plaza.

“When the unexpected donation arrived on April Fool’s Day, there was some disbelief for a second,” Dan Currie, president of the Poe Foundation of Boston said in a statement.

“But we are thrilled and tremendously grateful to have the support of the Kings. With it, they honor Poe; they honor the design of the proposed life-size bronze sculpture that artist Stefanie Rocknak calls ‘Poe Returning to Boston’; and they honor our city as well,” Currie said.

The Poe Foundation has been working with the Boston Art Commission since 2009 to organize support for the Poe public art project and hope to unveil statue in May 2014.

To date, the foundation has raised about one-third of the $175,000 needed to complete the project.

The foundation has previously announced a $25,000 donation from the Highland Street Foundation and a $10,000 donation from Susan Jaffe Tane, a collector of Poe manuscripts and artifacts.

The foundation has also raised more than $5,000 in small donations, primarily through its website.

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