Edgar Allan Poe foils The New York Times, again

An article last Tuesday about opposition by the West 69th Street Block Association to the renaming of a portion of that street after a mayoral aide misspelled the middle name of a famous writer who had part of West 84th Street named after him in 1980. He was Edgar Allan Poe, not Allen. (The same misspelling appeared on the street sign erected by the city to honor Poe, a former resident of West 84th. Though the city spelled his name correctly on its second try, the same cannot be said of The Times, which has corrected Poe's middle name at least 10 times -- though dozens of misspellings of Allan, dating to the 1870s, were never corrected.)

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman (craig@craigsilverman.ca) is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.

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