(Born: August 23, 1813 -
Died: March 30, 1874
American lawyer, author and poet. Hirst, with Poe's
assistance, was the author of the
published in the Philadelphia newspaper the Saturday Museum for
February 25, 1843. So popular was the article that it was reprinted on
March 4, 1843. This article is full of misleading information and as
is of value mostly as a curiosity.
At one time, Hirst ran a store for exotic birds, and
owned a pet raven
(Mabbott, Poems, p. 355). Hirst contributed poems to the Southern
Literary Messenger, The Broadway Journal and other
Hirst wrote a parody of Poe's "The Haunted Palace"
called "The Ruined
Tavern," which apparently enraged Poe (Woodberry, Life of Poe,
Poe reviewed Hirst's collection of poems The Coming
of the Mammoth
Another notice of Hirst by Poe was included by Griswold
in volume III
of The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe (p. 212). This
which Poe may have intended should never be published, he accused Hirst
of plagiarism in the poem "Penance of Roland."
In his later years, Hirst became quite insane.
Hirst's collections of papers, sold by the Anderson
Gallery on May 11,
1921, included manuscripts for Poe's poems "Eulalie" (1844) and
Lee" (1849). The "Annabel Lee" manuscript is now in the Henry E.