Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine (Philadelphia, PA)



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Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine was founded by William Evans Burton, an actor and comedian. After three years, he sold the magazine to George Rex Graham, who merged it with the Casket to form Graham’s Magazine. The finals issues of both of these magazines are identical.

 


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Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine (Philadelphia, PA)


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Description:

Poe officially joined the staff of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine about the middle of May, 1839. An annoucement appears on the back cover of the June issue: “William E. Burton, Editor and Proprietor, has much pleasure in stating that he has made arrangements with Edgar A. Poe, Esq., late Editor of the Southern Literary Messenger, to devote his abilities and experience to a portion of the Editorial duties of the Gentleman’s Magazine.”

Full Title: The Gentleman’s Magazine (1837-1838); The Gentleman’s Magazine and American Monthly Review (January 1839); Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine and American Monthly Review (1839-1840)

Issued: Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine: Vols. I-VII (July 1837 - December 1840)

Editor(s): William Evans Burton; Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher(s): Charles Alexander (1837-1838); William Evans Burton (1839-1840)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

 


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Issued in illustrated paper wrappers, generally a brown color, and later a blue-green color. Most surviving copies were accumulated into full volumes, and rebound in cloth or leather.

 


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There are many copies of the Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, although Poe-related issues in the original paper wrappers are quite rare.

 


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  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, Mississippi: The Book Farm, 1943, pp. 184-197.
  • Hull, William Doyle, A Canon of the Critical Works of Edgar Allan Poe, With a Study of Poe as Editor and Reviewer, unpublished doctoral dissertation, The University of Virginia, 1941.
  • Mott, Frank Luther, “Graham’s Magazine, and The Casket,” A History of American Magazines, pp. 673-676.
  • Phillips, Mary E., Edgar Allan Poe the Man, Chicago: John C. Winston Co., 2 vols, 1926, p. 575-601 (and numerous other references).
  • Quinn, Arthur H., Edgar Allan Poe, A Critical Biography, 1941, pp. 278-304 (and numerous other references).

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