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Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale

(Born: October 24, 1788 - Died: April 30, 1879)

American editor and author. Sarah Josepha Buell was born in Newport, NH. Her parents were Martha Whittlesey and Gordon Buell. She married David Hale in 1813. Her son, David Hale, Jr., was at West Point with Poe. She died in Philadelphia, PA.

She edited the Ladies' Magazine from 1828-1837, and became editor of Godey's Lady's Book when that periodical absorbed the Ladies' Magazine.

Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Notice from "Autography"
    • "S. J. Hale" ("Autography" - part II) — August 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger
    • "S. J. Hale" ("A Chapter on Autography" - part I) — November 1841 — Graham's Magazine


  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "Sarah J. Hale," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:126-127
  • 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.
  • White, Barbara A., "Sarah Josepha Buell Hale," American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, ed. Lina Mainiero, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1970, 2:211-216
  • Wilson, James Grant and John Fiske, eds., Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1889, 3:35

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