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E. Burke Fisher

(Born: about 1799 - Died: about 1859)

American lawyer, author and editor. His full name was apparently Edmund Burke Fisher, being named after the famous English political figure and orator. Fisher was the editor of the Literary Examiner and Western Monthly Review, later renamed the Examiner and Hesperian. This publication was printed in Pittsburgh, PA, and ran from May 1839 - February 1840. At one point, Fisher used the pseudonym of "Timothy Jenkins." Poe mentions Fisher in letters to P. P. Cooke and J. E. Snodgrass (July 12, 1841).

He married, by the Rev. Samuel Montgomery, Miss Narcissa M'Keehan on Oct. 17, 1839. Marriage records list him as the editor of the Pittsburgh Saturday Evening Vistor. He had been associated with Horace Greeley's New Yorker. He contributed to both the Southern Literary Messenger and Snowden's Ladies Companion.


  • 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, pp. 218-222.
  • 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.

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