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Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum

New Poe Toaster takes up a Baltimore tradition

New Poe Toaster takes up a Baltimore tradition

Wearing all black with the broad brim of a hat to preserve his anonymity, a man stepped up to Edgar Allan Poe's gravesite on Saturday to resurrect the tradition of toasting the long-dead writer on his birthday.

Cineri gloria sera venit, the man said. Fame comes too late to the dead.

For decades, a mysterious figure visited the monument at the Westminster Hall burial ground on West Fayette Street to drink a glass of cognac, in Poe's honor, and leaving three red roses and the rest of the liquor behind in honor of Poe.

The person or people involved behind the tradition were never unmasked. The tradition ended after 2009, without explanation.

But last year,...