It's a pretty bad answer, but it has been used
in the NYT once before, in a Friday themeless puzzle five years ago. If that's your one bad answer in an otherwise good puzzle, and if all answers crossing it are fine, then you might be okay. Still, I'd really try to take it out if possible. The closest analogue I can think of is R.E. LEE, which has been used 23 times in the Will Shortz era
, although the general's middle initial is typically included when stating his name. People don't usually call the author Edgar A. Poe.
One of my rules of thumb is that if it's a short answer with a low Scrabble score (meaning lots of A, E, I, O, U, R, S, T, L, N) but it almost never shows up in crosswords, then that's a decent indicator that it should be avoided.