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Chasing Poe's ghost in Charleston
Chasing Poe's ghost in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Travelers searching for traces of the moody, mysterious scribe who famously wrote "The Raven," and classic macabre tales need not ponder weak and weary over volumes of forgotten lore. Instead, fans of Edgar Allan Poe can journey to South Carolina's coastal Lowcountry, where his tell-tale heart can be discovered amid lush sea islands and historic cities such as Charleston. The footprint of the writer and poet — born in Boston in 1809 and later a resident of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., among other locales — crops up here in unexpected places. Vestiges of Poe's literary legacy are revealed at an 18th-century...

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