Recently, the official ‘Your Town’ web site for Boston, Massachusetts, USA broke the story that bestselling novelist Stephen King, along with his wife, writer Tabitha King, have donated $5,000 towards the Poe Foundation of Boston.
The cash is going in the direction of the Foundation’s campaign to erect a huge statue of that American author in Edgar Allen Square, not far from Poe’s birthplace.
Foundation Head Dan Currie was quoted as saying that there is “some disbelief” because the heavy donation arrived on April Fool’s day.
Artist Stefanie Rocknak created the projected figure. She was preferred from 265 budding candidates. In addition to being an award-winning member from the Sculptor’s Guild, Rocknak is also a professor of Philosophy in New York.
The proposed piece is known as ‘Poe Returning to Boston’ and depicts the novelist carrying a suitcase of ideas, here rendered literally in the forms of (between other things) a raven plus a ‘telltale’ heart.
The statue is going to be finished and unveiled once the foundation can raise its planned aim of $175,000.
Prior to the Kings’ generous contribution, 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. Additionally, Poe admirers and other fascinated parties have cooperatively donated some $5,000.
Widely accredited as the 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 lifetime, Poe’s relationship with the city’s literary and cultural elite was habitually a tense one. His production was frequently criticized and he found himself ostracized from certain literary circles.
Stephen King, who originates from Portland, Maine, has published many novels, novellas and online eBooks, most of them inside the horror genre. The novelist has also published almost 200 short stories, an art form partially pioneered by Poe. King’s books have sold over 350 million copies worldwide and have regularly been adapted for film and television. He is considered one of the world’s most thriving writers.
Tabitha King has published 8 novels and several other poetry anthologies. She is also a photographer.
“We’re thrilled and tremendously grateful to possess the support of the Kings” Dan Currie told Boston.com yesterday.
For more information, or a chance to donate, visit the project’s official web site.