The celebrated writer is set to get a grand funeral 160 years after his death.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – One of the most celebrated writers of the 19th century, Edgar Allen Poe, is set to receive a grand funeral 160 years after his death. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the event will be far more extravagant than the rushed funeral with few attendees and malicious obituary he was given after his death in 1849.
As noted by the AP, Poe, died impoverished at the age of 40 under mysterious circumstances. An obituary written by his rival, which caused damage to his reputation, and his tombstone being destroyed in a train crash, were reportedly among the things that made the circumstances surrounding his death more tragic.
Actor John Astin, who will be master of ceremonies for the event, is quoted in the report as stating of the service, “It’s sort of a way of saying, ‘Well, Eddie, your first funeral wasn’t a very good one, but we’re going to try to make it up to you, because we have so much respect for you.”
As further noted in the report, actors portraying prominent individuals of Poe’s time and others will read eulogies at the ceremony.
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