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

The statue Edgar Allan Poe near the Boston Common. Forget “Masshole”: The time you’re trying to think a way to slight your fellow Bostonians, consider calling them a “Frogpondian.” That’s the preferred insult Edgar Allan Poe flung at his 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 ’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. “ not so much of Poe.” Edgar Allen Poe. —AP Photo/File Poe was born in 1809 to his roving actor parents in Boston, only lived in the city for about 10 […]

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