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Edgar Allan Poe has haunted John Astin all his life
Edgar Allan Poe has haunted John Astin all his life

A hero of the macabre since his days playing patriarch Gomez on "The Addams Family," Baltimore native John Astin has long been a devotee of Edgar Allan Poe. For nearly a decade, he toured the U.S. with his one-man show devoted to Poe. And since resettling in his hometown, where he's been teaching acting and directing at his alma mater, the Johns Hopkins University, since 2001, Astin has been a mainstay of Baltimore's annual Poe Birthday celebration. Sunday at Westminster Hall and Burying Grounds, within shouting distance of where Poe's remains rest forevermore, Astin, 84, will speak on Poe, reading letters and other material relating to the women in Poe's...

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