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King Edward (Hopper)

Just another Village painter. Not.

Just another Village painter. Not.

Well, unlike Edgar Allen Poe's house, the Provincetown Playhouse, Café Bizarre, the House of Genius and scores of other historic Village spots, NYU was unable to demolish Edward Hopper's place, although they did work for decades to evict him.

The landmarked Washington Square North exterior, along with a plaque, is all that remains of the studio where Nighthawks was painted, the most famous American piece of art ever created (with no apologies, really, to American Gothic, Campbell's Tomato Soup, Christina's World, One: Number 31, 1950, Washington Crossing the Delaware or Whistler's Mother).

 The building is part of the Artist's World tour, which takes place every Saturday at 12 noon. And a great Fred W. McDarrah portrait of Hopper in his studio is one of the keepsake postcards given out on the tour.

 

The studio where Hopper painted  Nighthawks  is - was - atop 3 Washington Square North.

The studio where Hopper painted Nighthawks is - was - atop 3 Washington Square North.

SOME PRESS FOR NEW BEATS / DYLAN TOUR

Both Bob Dylan and his pal Allen Ginsberg would come, separately, to feel the vibe of Edgar Allen Poe. In its infinite wisdom, NYU tore the place down and left a plaque and a façade (below).  

Both Bob Dylan and his pal Allen Ginsberg would come, separately, to feel the vibe of Edgar Allen Poe. In its infinite wisdom, NYU tore the place down and left a plaque and a façade (below).  

The new tour The Beats and Bob (Dylan) kicked off the other day.

So far so good. The connections and relationships between Dylan and Ginsberg, Kerouac and friends are fascinating to explore. And so much took place in the South Village.

http://gvshp.org/blog/2015/11/10/the-historic-south-village-home-of-the-beats-and-bob-dylan/

Our friends at the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation made mention.

The tour passes the pictured Edgar Allen Poe location. Dylan and Ginsberg would both make regular pilgrimages to the spot and meditate about Poe. Both men often referenced Poe in their work.

Dylan's 1965 song "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" for example makes reference to "Rue Morgue Avenue" which is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story

In the Summer of 1939, when 13-year-old Allen graduated from grammar school he listed Poe as his favorite author.

In May 1944, he published in the Columbia Jester Review, "A Night in the Village with Edgar Allen Ginsberg" according to Ginsberg's Estate's web site.

And famously, from "Howl".... "who studied Plotinus Poe St John of the Cross telepathy and bop kabbalah because the universe instinctively vibrated at their feet."

"Everything leads to Poe,"\ Ginz once said. "You can trace all literary art to Poe's influence: Burroughs, Baudelaire, Genet, Dylan...It all leads back to Poe."  

Save the Village: Walking Tours of the Photographs of Fred W. McDarrah / The Beats and Bob leaves from the corner of MacDougal Street and MacDougal Alley every Tuesday at 2 pm, or privately by appointment.    

Where Poe never actually lived, but a reasonable copy thereof.

Where Poe never actually lived, but a reasonable copy thereof.