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Three finalists to present plans for Edgar Allen Poe memorial in Boston

A life-sized bronze figure of the 5-foot-8 Edgar Allan Poe strides through Boston, the city of his birth, the city he turned his back on. Spilling out of his trunk are an oversized raven, a heart, and pages of his stories and poems.

Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak’s vision for a Poe memorial incorporates references to two of the macabre master’s most famous works, “The Raven’’ and “The Tell-Tale Heart.’’ Rocknack, based in Oneonta, N.Y., is one of three finalists picked by a commission looking to honor Poe in a square at Charles and Boylston streets. The three plans will be presented at a celebration of Poe’s birthday at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Boston Public Library. A Poe trivia quiz and an appearance by Poe, as portrayed by Rob Velella, will round out the evening’s festivities.

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