Edgar Allan Poe Street

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Edgar Allan Poe Street

JEREZ is to name a street after cult US novelist Edgar Allan Poe.

The celebrated writer of numerous horror books will be remembered for his story A Cask of Amontillado.

This year is the 200th anniversary of his birth in Boston in 1809.

The short horror story, which was published in 1846, is a tale about revenge set in Italy.

The idea was suggested by local writer Jose Luis Jimenez Garcia, a big fan of Poe.

Garcia, who also has a close interest in sherry, has a website www.jerezdecine.com in which he has traced all the literary and cinematic links to the drink through history.

Among these are diarist Samuel Pepys’ contention that he gave his ill mother a glass of sack to make her feel better.

There are other references by Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Dickens and Aldous Huxley.

The website has pulled together hundreds of interesting pictures and adverts from over the last century, including a photo of Marilyn Monroe enjoying a glass of sherry.

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  1. I would suggest that calling Poe a “novelist” is misleading; he only wrote one novel (he is not the writer of “numerous horror books”) – the majority of his fiction was in the short story genre.

    Nonetheless, any commemoration of Poe in his 200th year has my support!

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