BOSTON—One of the world’s most successful writers, Maine native Stephen King, and his wife the novelist Tabitha King, have contributed $5000 to help build a statute in Boston to commemorate the influential writer and literary forbear Edgar Allan Poe who was born here in 1809.
“When their unexpected donation arrived today, April Fool’s Day, I couldn’t believe it. We’re thrilled and very grateful,” said Dan Currie, president of the Poe Foundation of Boston, proponents of the project. “The Kings honor Poe. They honor the life-size design of Stefanie Rocknak’s bronze sculpture of ‘Poe Returning to Boston.’ They honor our city.”
Stephen and Tabitha King are respected regular contributors to many charities and focused philanthropic activities. Stephen King has published over 50 books and sold more than 350 million copies. He is the recipient of innumerable literary honors including The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters in 2003, and the 2007 Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America whose prizes are popularly called the “Edgars.”
The Poe Foundation of Boston is a nonprofit organization that has been working with the Boston Art Commission, and the blessing of Mayor Tom Menino, to organize the Poe public art project since 2009. Organizers are targeting May 2014 for unveiling the artwork in Edgar Allan Poe Square, opposite the entrance to Boston Common at the southeast corner of Boylston and Charles streets. The anticipated total cost of the project is $175,000, about one-third of which has now been raised.
The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc., is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation organized exclusively for the charitable educational purpose of honoring Poe in the city where he was born in 1809. For more information, visit www.poeboston.org.