The Southern Literary Messenger, 1834-1864

Overview

The Southern Literary Messenger enjoyed an impressive thirty-year run (1834-1864) and was in its time the South's most important literary periodical. Published in Richmond, Virginia, the monthly magazine was edited in its early years by Edgar Allan Poe. In addition to serving as a literary proving ground for Poe, it is also remembered for publishing poems, fiction, and essays by the nation's leading authors-both male and female, northern and southern-including William Gilmore Simms, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Joseph G....
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Overview

The Southern Literary Messenger enjoyed an impressive thirty-year run (1834-1864) and was in its time the South's most important literary periodical. Published in Richmond, Virginia, the monthly magazine was edited in its early years by Edgar Allan Poe. In addition to serving as a literary proving ground for Poe, it is also remembered for publishing poems, fiction, and essays by the nation's leading authors-both male and female, northern and southern-including William Gilmore Simms, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Joseph G. Baldwin, John Pendleton Kennedy, Mary E. Lee, and Caroline Lee Hentz.

In 1905 Benjamin Blake Minor (1818-1905), editor of the Southern Literary Messenger during the 1840s, wrote the only book-length study of the magazine. Minor's authoritative account of the journal's history and influence is augmented in this edition with a new introduction by historian Jonathan Daniel Wells that places the magazine and Minor's account in their historical context. Both Wells and Minor reveal significant information found nowhere else about figures and facets of southern literary culture before and during the Civil War. Minor recounts in detail the relationships he forged with notable authors and includes excerpts from correspondence with Poe and others. Most important, Minor identifies and discusses hundreds of lesser contributors who might otherwise remain anonymous.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570036712
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Daniel Wells is an associate professor of history and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of The Origins of the Southern Middle Class, 1800-1861.
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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     vii
Series Editors' Preface     ix
Introduction     xi
Preface to the First Edition     xxxi
The First Volume     13
The Second Volume     35
The Third Volume     61
The Fourth Volume     68
The Fifth Volume     70
The Sixth Volume     74
The Seventh Volume     81
The Eighth Volume     87
The Ninth Volume     96
Benjamin Blake Minor's Administration     103
Mr. John Reuben Thompson's Administration, 1847-1860     161
Dr. George W. Bagby's Editorship, 1860     209
Frank H. Alfriend's Editorship     231
Contributors to the Southern Literary Messenger     237
Brief Sketch of the Author     245
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