Edgar Allan Poe’s Writings in the Columbia Spy


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These items are arranged chronologically, divided by volumes as defined by the periodical.

Scroll down, or select volume:

  Vol. X (1840-1841);   Vol. XV (1844-1845)

 


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Vol. X (May 2, 1840 - May 1, 1841)

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1840 - June 20, 1840 (vol 10, no. 8)

  • Misc. - “Prospectus of the Penn Magazine” (This prospectus almost certainly also appears in the issues of June 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; and August 1 and 8. It may have appeared first in earlier issues, and continued beyond August 15, but no copies have been located to verify)

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1840 - August 15, 1840 (vol. 15, no. 16)

  • Misc. - “Prospectus of the Penn Magazine” (p. 3, col. 6)

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Vol. XV (April 27, 1844 - April 26, 1845)

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1844 - April 27, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 1)

  • Tale - “Tale of the Ragged Mountains” (p. 1, cols. 2-5) (reprint)

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1844 - May 18, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 4)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter I]” (p. 3, col. 2)

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1844 - May 25, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 5)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter II]” (p. 3, col. 2)

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1844 - June 1, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 6)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter III]” (p. 3, col. 2)

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1844 - June 8, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 7)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter IV]” (p. 3, cols. 2-3)

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1844 - June 15, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 8)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter V]” (p. 3, col. 1)

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1844 - June 29, 1844 (vol 15, no. 10)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter VI]” (p. 3, col. 1)

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1844 - July 6, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 11)

  • Misc. - “[Doings of Gotham, Letter VII]” (p. 3, col. 2)

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1844 - July 31, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 14)

  • Misc. - “Literary Theft” (?) (p. 2, col. 4)  (doubted by Mabbott)

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1844 - August 14, 1844 (vol.15, no. 16)

  • Misc. - “A Moving Chapter (part II)” (p. 2, col. 1) (reprint)

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1844 - November 23, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 30)

  • Misc. - Puffing (Part I) (p. 3, col. 2)  (rejected by Mabbott)

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1844 - November 30, 1844 (vol. 15, no. 31)

  • Misc. - Puffing (Part II) (p. 3, col. 2)  (rejected by Mabbott)

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Notes:

The Columbia Spy was published every Saturday, at least during the relevant period (although a few issues appear on other days, such as Thursday or Wednesday). As a newspaper, it followed a somewhat irregular approach of one volume each 52 issues, with periods shifting slightly around the end of April and the beginning of May of each year.

There is considerable controversy surrounding the attibution of several items. Because so few copies have survived from the period of Poe’s chief association with the newspaper, it is possible that other unknown items were contributed and printed.

 

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