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Boston Square Honors Edgar Allan Poe

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and poet laureate Sam Cornish are dedicating a square near Boston Common in honor of master of the macabre Edgar Allan Poe.

Poe was born in Boston on Jan. 19, 1809. But the author of "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher" had an often bitter relationship with his hometown. He sometimes lied about his birthplace and voiced his distaste for its literary elite.

But Boston has tried recently to show more love for Poe. The mayor declared January Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Month.

The square to be dedicated Monday is a short walk from where Poe was born, near the current State Transportation Building.

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