Edgar Allan Poe, born in Boston, was a 19th-century hater of Bostonians

The statue of Edgar Allan Poe near the Boston Common. Forget “Masshole”: The next time you’re trying to think of a way to slight your fellow Bostonians, consider calling them a “Frogpondian.” That’s the preferred insult poet Edgar Allan Poe flung at his literary rivals from Boston in the 1840s. The author of “The Raven” had a notoriously fraught relationship with Boston, and it wasn’t until 2014 that the city acknowledged the poet’s roots in the Bay State’s capital with the installation of a statue of Poe. Now Poe — his brooding visage all eyebrows and mustache — strides near the Boston Common alongside a raven, his cape caught in an invisible wind and his papers spilling out of a suitcase. Paul Lewis, an English professor at Boston College and president of The Poe Studies Association , was one of the people behind the push that began in 2009 to have the statue erected. “People think of Emerson, Longfellow, or Hawthorne as Boston authors,” Lewis told Boston.com. “But not so much of Poe.” Edgar Allen Poe. —AP Photo/File Poe was born in 1809 to his roving actor parents in Boston, but only lived in the city for about 10 […]

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