THE SOUTHERN LITERARY MESSENGER. -- A broadly satirical article, oddly entitled "The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq., late Editor of the Goosetherumfoodle," and which appeared originally in the "Southern Literary Messenger" for December, has been the subject of much comment, lately, in the Southern and Western papers, and the query is put to us especially, here in the North -- "who wrote it?" Who did ? -- can any one tell?
[This item was attributed to Poe by both Hull and Mabbott. Mabbott's notes from the University of Iowa say, "obviously from the author himself." Mabbott also mentions this item in his edition of Poe's Poems (1969), p. 378 and Tales & Sketches (1978), p. 1126. Hull says, "This I think is Poe's; it seems to me typical of his sense of humor."]
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