Yesterday, the official ‘Your Town’ web site for Boston, Massachusetts, USA broke the story that bestselling writer Stephen King, along with his wife, author Tabitha King, have donated $5,000 towards the Poe Foundation of Boston.
The money is going in the direction of the Foundation’s plans to erect a large statue of the American author in Edgar Allen Square, not faraway from Poe’s birthplace.
Foundation President Dan Currie was quoted as saying that there was “some disbelief” as the weighty donation arrived on April Fool’s day.
Artiste Stefanie Rocknak considered the proposed figure. She was chosen from 265 budding candidates. Besides being an award-winning member of the Sculptor’s Guild, Rocknak is also a professor of Philosophy in New York.
The planned piece is called ‘Poe Returning to Boston’ and depicts the novelist carrying a bag of thoughts, here rendered exactly in the forms of (between other things) a raven plus a ‘telltale’ heart.
The statue shall be accomplished and unveiled once the foundation can raise its intended goal of $175,000.
Prior to the Kings’ generous donation, the venture has received a $25,000 donation from the Highland Street Foundation also as the $10,000 gift from Poe collector Susan Jaffe Tane. Furthermore, Poe admirers and other fascinated parties have communally donated some $5,000.
Broadly accredited as a innovator of the detective story, also as a master of thriller, trepidation and ghoulish horror, Edgar Allen Poe is one #of the# giants of Us literature.
However, during his life span, Poe’s relationship with the city’s literary and cultural elite was habitually a strained one. His production was repeatedly criticized and he found himself disliked from certain literary circles.
Stephen King, who originates from Portland, Maine, has published numerous novels, novellas and online eBooks, most of them in the horror genre. The novelist has also published almost two hundred short stories, an art form partially pioneered by Poe. King’s books have sold in excess of 350 million copies worldwide and also have regularly been adapted for film and television. He is considered one of the world’s most thriving authors.
Tabitha King has published 8 novels and several other poetry anthologies. She is also a photographer.
“We are thrilled and tremendously grateful to have the support of the Kings” Dan Currie told Boston.com recently.
For more information, or a chance to donate, visit the project’s official web site.