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Joseph M. Field

(Born: 1810 - Died: January 30, 1856)

American actor, manager, playwright, editor and humorist. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and bought to the United States by his parents when he was two years old. He played Jeremey Diddler in Raising the Wind. He began his acting career in 1827, at the Tremont Theatre in Boston. He moved west in 1835, where he established himself as a playwright. He retired temporarily from the stage in 1842 to become the foreign correspondent of the New Orleans Picayune, owned by his brother, Matthew C. Field. He was the editor and proprietor of the St. Louis Reveille, a daily newspaper.


  • 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)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.
  • Wilson, James Grant and John Fiske, eds., Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1889, 2:449-450

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