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Charles Frederick Briggs

(Born: December 30, 1804 - Died: June 20, 1877)

American journalist, editor and minor poet. He was born in Nantucket, MA. Mabbott states that Briggs "wrote anonymously the introduction to the first American illustratred edition of Poe's Poems, 1859," although this attribution has been disputed. Briggs married Deobrah Rawson on May 16, 1836. He died in Brooklyn, NY, and is buried in the Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island. (Mrs. Briggs lived to age of 94, and died on September 10, 1899.)

Charles F. Briggs

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Notice from "The Literati"
    • "Charles F. Briggs" ("The Literati of New York City" - No. I) — May 1846 — Godey's Lady's Book  (reprinted in the June 1846 issue)
    • "Charles F. Briggs" ("The Literati") — 1850 — WORKS

  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "Charles F. Briggs," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:581-582

  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Reece, James B., Poe and the New York Literati: A Study of the "Literati" Sketches and of Poe's Relations with the NewYork Writers, unpublished doctoral dissertation, Duke University, 1954.

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