Professor helps open Boston’s Literary District

Associate Emerson Professor Megan Marshall joined Boston city officials and other literary lovers on October 5th to celebrate the creation of the Literary District, according to Emerson’s website. In a first-of-its-kind move, Boston has created a list of ten iconic sites in the Downtown area that represent the city’s literary past, the site said.

A statue of Edgar Allen Poe was erected in the Boston Common as part of the celebration, becoming newest addition to the Literary District’s offerings.

Professor Marshall, Emerson reports, returned briefly from a sabbatical at the New York Public Library following her Pulitzer Prize win to join the event where she read a passage of The Tell-Tale Heart to an audience at the unveiling of the Edgar Allen Poe statue.

Other destinations in the new Literary District include Newspaper Row—a section of Washington Street where many New England media companies such as the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald once held offices—and the former home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who once held residence in Beacon Hill at 54 Pinckney Street.