Boston is finally embracing native son Edgar Allen Poe more than 160 years after his death, despite his notoriously frosty relations with the city’s literary elite of his time,

The city will unveil a Poe statue on Sunday at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South near Boston Common.

Former United States poet laureate Robert Pinsky will be on hand for the 2 p.m. dedication of the statue to the author of such classic stories and poems as ‘‘The Raven,’’ ‘'The Pit and the Pendulum,’’ ‘'The Masque of the Red Death’’ and ‘‘The Tell-Tale Heart.’’

Best known for his tales of the macabre, Poe also is credited with helping invent the modern detective novel with stories like ‘‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue.’’

Poe died in Baltimore.

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