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Edgar Allan Poe's Writings in the Evening Mirror







Most of these items are unsigned. Attributions to Poe are often based only on stylistic grounds. The Evening Mirror was published every day except Sunday. Pages are not numbered, so references here are counted within each issue. Items which were reprinted in the Weekly Mirror are noted as "reprinted in WM," with the appropriate date.









Vol. I (October 7, 1844 - April 7, 1845)




1844 - October 8 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 2)

  • A comment on Elizabeth B. Barrett (p. 1, cols. 2-3)  (Attributed to Poe by G. E. Woodberry, 1909, II, p. 102. W. D. Hull says it is by N. P. Willis. Mabbott thinks it may be by Cornelius Mathews.) (The article begins, "There will doubtless be criticism by Lowell and Poe — each in a very different spirit from the other, but both Damascene as to the temper of the weapon . . . ")





1844 - October 10 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 4)

  • Article - "Authors' Pay in America" (p. 2, col. 2, top)   (reprinted in WM of October 12, 1844) (Erroneously attributed to Poe by H&C. Instead, the article is by N. P. Willis. This is the first installment of a series of related articles. Poe wrote several of the items about the pay for American authors, but not these two.)





1844 - October 12 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 6)

  • Article - "The Pay for Periodical Writing" (p. 2, col. 1)   (reprinted in WM of October 19, 1844)  (Erroneously attributed to Poe by H&C. Instead, the article is by N. P. Willis. This is the second installment of a series of related articles. Poe wrote several of the items about the pay for American authors, but not these two.)
  • Article - "When the English play the literary thief . . ."  (p. 2, col 3, middle)   (reprinted in WM of October 19, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1844 - October 21 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 13)






1844 - October 26 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 18)

  • Notice of Chruvelhier's Anatomy (p. 2, col. 5, top)  (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)





1844 - October 30 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 21)

  • Notice of Steward's The Elements of Empire in America (p. 2, col. 5, middle) (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)





1844 - November 2 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 24)

  • Article beginning, "It is satisfactory to know that, for the insult offered by a foreign count to Everett . . ." (p. 1, col 5)  (reprinted in WM of November 9, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1844 - November 11 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 31)

  • Notices of "McCulloch's Gazetteer" and "Frost's Book of the Army" (p. 2, col. 3, towards the bottom) (reprinted in WM of November 17, 1844) (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)
  • Article - "A Silly Girl of a Numerous Kind" (p. 2, col. 4, towards the bottom)  (reprinted in WM of November 17, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1844 - November 16 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 36)

  • Notices of "Boyd's Rhetoric," "Settlers in Canada by Captain Marryatt" and Simm's "The Life of Francis Marion" (p. 2, col. 4, near top, under heading "Literary.")  (All three notices reprinted in WM of November 23, 1844.) (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull)





1844 - November 19 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 38)

  • Notice of  F. W. Thomas' "The Beechen Tree" (?) (p. 2, col. 4, middle)  (Attributed to Poe by T. O. Mabbott and W. D. Hull)





1844 - November 23 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 42)

  • Notice of Downing - "Landscape Gardening. Cottage Residences." (p. 2, col. 6, middle, under heading "Literary.")   (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)





1844 - November 28 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 46)

  • "[Lenore]" (p. 3, col. 1, lower middle) (An unauthorized reprint of Poe's poem.)  (This reprint appears as part of a letter, "To the Editor of the Evening Mirror," signed, "Amelia.")





1844 - December 5 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 52)

  • Notice of "Grimes Etherology; or the Philosophy of Mesmerism" (p. 2, col. 3, middle)   (reprinted in WM of December 14, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)





1844 - December 7 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 54)

  • Personal Notices of Miss Barrett (p. 2, col. 4, towards the bottom)  (Beginning, "MISS BARRETT. — We received a note yesterday, in a most prepossessing lady's hand writing, begging a review of . . .")  (reprinted in WM of December 7, 1844)   (Attributed to Poe by Woodberry, along with the earlier notice. Mabbott thinks the first one is by Cornelius Mathews. W. D. Hull thinks both are by N. P. Willis.)





1844 - December 10 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 56)

  • Reviews of  Hoffmann's Poems and Thirlwall's History of Greece  (p. 2, col. 6.)   (Both items reprinted in WM of December 14, 1844)   (The review of Hoffman is attributed to Poe by Killis Campbell.) (For Thirlwall, there is a very brief announcement of this book in the issue for January 17, 1845)





1844 - December 13 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 59)

  • Notice of "Arthur's Lady's Magazine" (?) (p. 2, col. 2, lower middle)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)
  • Review of "Cobb's North American Reader"  (p. 2, col. 6, middle)  (reprinted in WM of December 21, 1844)  (attributed to Poe by Hull)  (Another notice of Cobb's Reader, not attributed to Poe, appears in the issue of January 21, 1845, p. 2, col. 5.)





1844 - December 18 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 63)

  • Notice - "Bancroft the Historian and His Impugners" (?) (p. 2, col. 2, middle)  (reprinted in WM of December 21, 1844) (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Mabbott)





1844 - December 20 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 65)

  • Review of "Illustrated Astronomy" (?) (p. 2, col. 2, middle)  (reprinted in WM of December 28, 1844) (attributed to Poe, as doubtful, by Mabbott. Also attributed to Poe by Hull.)





1844 - December 21 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 66)

  • Notice of "Evening Hours"  (?) (p. 2, col. 5, middle)   (reprinted in WM of December 28, 1844)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott, but disputed by Hull)





1844 - December 23 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 67)

  • Notice of "The Book of Common Prayer" (?) (p. 2, col. 4, lower middle) (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)
  • Review of Hoyt - "A Chaunt of Life"  (p. 4, col. 1, top)   (reprinted in WM of December 28, 1844)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott, but disputed by Hull)





1844 - December 24 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 67)

  • Notices of "Lovel's Young Speaker" and "Shakspear in New Dress" (p. 2, col. 5, middle) (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1844 - December 30 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 72)

  • Notice of "Goldsmith's Gems of Penmanship" (?) (p. 2, col. 2, middle)  (reprinted in WM of January 4, 1845) (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - January 8 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 79)

  • Article - "Why have the New Yorkers No Review?"  (p. 2, col. 1, bottom)   (reprinted in WM of January 11, 1845)   (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Article - "Subserviency to British Criticism"  (p. 2, col. 2, lower middle)  (reprinted in WM of January 11, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Article - "Capt. Kidd's Vessel"  (p. 2, col. 2)  (reprinted in WM of January 11, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1845 - January 9 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 80)

  • "Rhetorical Resemblances"  (p. 2, col. 4, lower middle) (reprinted in WM of January 18, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1845 - January 10 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 81)

  • Articles - "The Cincinnati Telescope" and "Lunar Atmosphere" (p. 2, col. 2, upper middle)   (reprinted in WM of January 18, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Magaziniana" (p. 2, col. 3, top)  (reprinted in WM of January 18, 1845)   (attributed to Poe by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)





1845 - January 11 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 82)

  • Review of Leigh Hunt - Imagination and Fancy   (???) (p. 1, col. 6) (attributed by Heartman and Canny, but disputed by Hull. Not mentioned by Mabbott.)
  • Review - J. R. Lowell - Conversations (p. 2, col. 3, top)  (reprinted in WM of January 18, 1845)





1845 - January 13 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 83)

  • Review of Longfellow - Waif (p. 2, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845)





1845 - January 14 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 84)

  • Review of Longfellow - Waif (p. 2, col. 4)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845)
  • Notice - Poe's "Literary Life of Thingum Bob"  (p. 2, col. 3, near bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
  • Notice - "Napoleon's Maxims of War"  (p. 2, col. 1, bottom) (attributed to Poe by Hull)
  • Notices - "Goldsmith's Gems of Penmenship" and "American Journal of Fine Arts"  (p. 2, col. 5, lower middle)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)





1845 - January 15 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 85)

  • Notice - "Chalmer's Introduction to the History of the Revolt of the Colonies" (p. 2, col. 4, lower middle)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - January 16 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 86)

  • Notice of "The Irish Emigrants Society of New York" and "Restoration of the Jews" (p. 2, col. 3, middle)  (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - January 17 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 87)

  • "Nature and Art" (p. 2, col. 1, top)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845) (This is Poe's reply to a comment in theTribune about his review of Lowell's Conversations from the issue for January 11.)
  • Literary Notices
    • Announcement of "Thirwall's Greece"  (p. 2, col. 1, towards bottom) (attributed to Poe by Hull)
    • Notice of "Westminster Review for December"  (p. 2, col. 1, bottom)   (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • Notice of "The Broadway Journal" (p. 2, col. 2, bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • Notice of "The Southern Literary Messenger"   (p. 2, col. 2, bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • Notice of "The Southern Review"  (p. 2, col. 2, bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • "A Slander which Needs Immediate Contradiction"  (p. 2, col. 3, middle)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
    • Comment on "Criticism. — The Tribune of Tuesday . . ."  (p. 2, col. 3, middle)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • "The Branded Hand" (p. 2, col. 3, towards bottom)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • Notice of "The National Protestant"  (p. 2, col. 3, bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • Announcement of "Parley's Geography"  (p. 2, col. 3, bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)





1845 - January 18 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 88)

  • Comment - "A Mistake . . ." (p. 2, col. 1, lower middle)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Notice of Godey's Lady's Book  (p. 2, col. 3, middle)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull, although it is little more than a list of engravings and contributors.)





1845 - January 20 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 89)

  • Notice of "Dr. Draper and the North American Review"  (p. 2, col. 1)  (reprinted in WM of February 1, 1845, where it carries the title "Dr. Draper's New Book")  (attributed to Poe by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)
  • "Post Notes by the Critic"  (p. 2, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted in WM of January 25, 1845)  (This is a Poe's response to a reply of "H." of Boston to Poe's two-part review, on January 13 and 14, of Longfellow's Waif. This article immediately follows the letter by "H" and the introductory comments by N. P. Willis, all of which appear under the heading of "Longfellow's Waif.")





1845 - January 21 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 90)

  • "Lenore" and "The Haunted Palace" (p. 1, cols. 5-6)  (These poems are included in a reprint of Lowell's article on Poe from Graham's Magazine. The article is printed in The Evening Mirror in two parts, with part I appearing on January 20, 1845, p. 1, cols. 5-6, continuing to page 2, col. 1. Both parts are acknowledged as "From the February number of Graham's Magazine.")
  • Notice of Hood's Whimsicalities  (p. 2, col. 5, middle)   (a one-sentence notice attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - January 22 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 91)






1845 - January 23 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 92)

  • Notice of "A New Work, by Cornelius Mathews"  (p. 2, col. 3, middle)   (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
  • Poem - "Epigram for Wall Street"  (p. 2, col. 3, middle)  (this short, humorous poem was attributed to Poe by Mabbott, but is now rejected as having originated in a British publication.)





1845 - January 24 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 93)

  • Article - "Pay of American Authors" (p. 2, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted in WM of February 1, 1845)  (This is the first of four articles in the series by Poe.)
  • Comment "Discreditable in every Respect . . ."  (p. 2, col. 3, middle)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1845 - January 25 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 94)

  • Announcement of "Littell's Living Age"  (p. 2, col. 2, near bottom)  (attributed to Poe by Hull)
  • Article - "Pay of American Authors" ( p. 2, col. 3, top)  (reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845)  (This is the second of four articles in the series by Poe.)





1845 - January 27 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 95)

  • Article - "Pay of American Authors — The Magazines" ( p. 2, col. 2, middle)   (This is the third of four articles in the series by Poe. For some reason, this is the only item in the series which was not reprinted in the WM.)
  • Review of "Niebuhr's History of Rome"  (p. 2, cols. 2-3)   (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - January 29 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 97)

  • Notice of "Westminster Review for December" (p. 2, col. 2, lower middle) (reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845) (attributed to Poe by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)
  • Notices of "The Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation" and "Mike Martin"  (p. 2, col. 2, near bottom) (First item reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845 and second in WM of February 1, 1845)   (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)
  • "The Raven" (poem, first printing) (p. 4, col. 1, top)  (reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845)  (This is, technically, the first printing of "The Raven," probably appearing just before the February issue of The American Whig Review was available.)





1845 - January 31 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 99)

  • Article - "Pay of American Authors: Synopsis of the International Copy-Right Question"  (p. 2, col. 1, middle)  (reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845, under the shorter title of "Pay of American Authors.")  (This is the fourth of four articles in the series by Poe.)
  • Article - "Wood Pavements"  (p. 2, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1845 - February 3 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 101)

  • "Literary"  (p. 2, cols. 3 and 4)   (most are attributed to Poe by Hull and Mabbott)
    • Notice of "The Southern Quarterly Review"
    • Notice of "Maunder's Treasure of History"
    • Notice of "Kinne's Quartlery Law Compendium"
    • Notice of "The Orion"
    • Notice of "Littell's Living Age"
    • Notice of "Marsh's Address"
    • Notice of "Prescott's Ferdinand and Isabella"
    • Notice of "The Broadway Journal"
    • Notice of "Scrofulous Diseases"
    • Notice of "Martin's Bible"  (reprinted in WM of February 8, 1845) (attributed to Poe by Hull)   (There is another short notice of Martin's Bible, also commenting on its "splendor" in EM of December 18, 1844)





1845 - February 6 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 104)

  • Notice - "This Morning's Tribune"  (p. 2, col. 3)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Literary Intelligence"  (p. 2, cols. 3-4) (reprinted in WM of February 15, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
    • Longfellow's Poets and Poetry of Europe
    • Clarke's Pocket series of American Poets
    • Wilde's Life and Times of Dante
    • Dana's Memoirs of Washington Allston
    • Hedge's The Literature of Europe
    • Quarterly Review  (Philadelphia)
    • Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice Told Tales





1845 - February 7 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 105)

  • "Literary"  (p. 2, cols. 1-2) (reprinted in WM of February 15, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Killis Campbell and Mabbott. Also attributed to Poe by Hull, except the notice of "Hunt's Magazine," which he thinks is by Willis.)
    • Notice of "The American Review"
    • Notice of "Hunt's Merchant's Magazine"
    • Notice of "Scott's Reprint of Blackwoods"
    • Announcement of Poetical Writing of Mrs. Elizabeth Oakes Smith





1845 - February 8 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 106)

  • Article - "Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement?"  (p. 2, col. 1, top) (reprinted in WM of February 15, 1845, with the title "Try a Mineralized Pavement")
  • "New views on the Theory of Color"  (p. 2, col. 3, top)  (reprinted in WM of February 15, 1845, with the slightly different title of "The Theory of Color." The EM version also has some additonal text at the end.)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1845 - February 11 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 108)






1845 - February 12 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 109)






1845 - February 13 (Thursday) (vol. I, no. 110)

  • "The London Lancet" (p. 2, col. 4, middle)   (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)





1845 - February 14 (Friday) (vol. I, no. 111)

  • Review of "Graham's Magazine for March" (p. 2, col. 2, middle)  (reprinted in WM of February 22, 1845) (attributed to Poe by Killis Campbell, but disputed by Hull)





1845 - February 15 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 112)

  • Comment about "The Hon. Robert T. Conrad"  (p. 2, col. 3, top)  (reprinted in WM of February 22, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Notice on "Saunders — On Milton J. Saunders"  (p. 2, col. 3)  (reprinted by WM of February 22, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
  • Comment on "The Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population of New York by Dr. Griscom"  (p. 2, col. 3, bottom)  (reprinted in WM of February 22, 1845)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)





1845 - February 17 (Monday) (vol. I, no. 113)

  • "Plagiarism"  (p. 2, col. 1, top)  (reprinted in WM of February 22, 1845)





1845 - February 18 (Tuesday) (vol. I, no. 114)

  • Notice of "Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold"  (p. 2, col. 2, top)  (reprinted in WM of February 22, 1845)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)





1845 - February 26 (Wednesday) (vol. I, no. 121)

  • "Literary Larceny"  (p. 2, col. 2, middle)  (reprinted in WM of March 8, 1845)   (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1845 - March 1 (Saturday) (vol. I, no. 124)

  • "Plagiarism" (a letter to Willis, signed "Outis") (p. 1, col. 6 - p. 2, col. 1)  (???)  (reprinted in WM of March 8, 1845) (The question of whether or not Poe was Outis has been the subject of some discussion and remains unresolved. Campbell, Mabbott and Pollin all believed Poe himself to be Outis, but a number of other names have been suggested.)









Vol. III (October 7, 1845 - April 7, 1846)




1846 - February 21 (Saturday) (vol. III, whole no. 424)

  • Poem - "To Her Whose Name is Written Below" (p. 2, col. 2, article fills column, poem is at bottom) (reprinting of Poe's acrostic valentine to Mrs. Osgood)









Vol. IX (October ?, 1848 - April ?, 1849)




1849 - March 20 (Tuesday) (vol. ???, no. ??)

  • Poem -  "A Riddle For Somebody to Unriddle [A Valentine]"  (reprint)









Vol. XI (October ?, 1849 - April ?, 1850)




1849 - October 18 (Thursday) (vol. ???, no. ??)

  • Poem - "The Bells"  (reprint)





1849 - October 23 (Tuesday) (vol. ???, no. ??)

  • Poem - "Annabel Lee"  (reprint)












Notes:

None.







 
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