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Edgar Allan Poe's Writings in the Weekly Mirror







The Weekly Mirror was the weekly form of the Evening Mirror. It was printed every Saturday. Pages are sequentially numbered through each volume. Most of these items are unsigned. Attributions to Poe are often based only on stylistic grounds. Items which were reprinted from the Evening Mirror are noted as "reprinted from EM," with the appropriate date.









Vol. I (October 12, 1844 - April 5, 1845)




1844 - October 12 (vol. I, no. 1)

  • "Authors' Pay in America" (p. 15, cols. 2-3)   (reprinted from EM of October 10, 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 19 (vol. I, no. 2)

  • "The Pay for Periodical Writing" (p. 28, cols. 2-3)   (reprinted from EM of October 12, 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.)
  • "When the English play the literary thief . . ."  (p. 31, col. 1, lower middle)   (reprinted from EM of October 12, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1844 - November 9 (vol. I, no. 5)

  • Article beginning, "It is satisfactory to know that, for the insult offered by a foreign count to Everett . . ." (p. 77, col. 1)  (reprinted from EM of November 2, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott)





1844 - November 17 (vol. I, no. 6)

  • "A Silly Girl of a Numerous Kind" (p. 81, col. 3, bottom)  (reprinted from EM of November 11, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Notices of "McCulloch's Gazetteer" and "Frost's Book of the Army" (p. 96, col. 3) (reprinted from EM of November 11, 1844) (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)





1844 - November 23 (vol. I, no. 7)

  • Notices of "Boyd's Rhetoric," "Settlers in Canada by Captain Marryatt" and Simm's "The Life of Francis Marion" (p. 112, col. 3)  (All three notices reprinted from EM of November 16, 1844.) (Attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull)




1844 - December 7 (vol. I, no. 9)

  • Personal Notices of Miss Barrett (p. 135, cols. 1-2)  (Beginning, "MISS BARRETT. — We received a note yesterday, in a most prepossessing lady's hand writing, begging a review of . . .")  (reprinted from EM 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 14 (vol. I, no. 10)

  • Notice of "Grimes Etherology; or the Philosophy of Mesmerism" (p. 146, col. 3)   (reprinted from EM of December 5, 1844)  (Attributed to Poe by W. D. Hull)
  • Notice of "Thirlwall's History of Greece" (p. 146, col. 3)   (reprinted from EM of December 10, 1844)
  • Notice of "Hoffmann's Poems" (p. 158, cols. 2-3)   (reprinted in WM of December 14, 1844)   (attributed to Poe by Killis Campbell)





1844 - December 21 (vol. I, no. 11)

  • Review of "Cobb's North American Reader"  (p. 164, col. 2)  (reprinted from EM of December 13, 1844)  (attributed to Poe by Hull)
  • "Bancroft the Historian and His Impugners" (?) (p. 175, col. 3, bottom)  (reprinted from EM of December 18, 1844) (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Mabbott)





1844 - December 28 (vol. I, no. 12)

  • Review of "Illustrated Astronomy" (?) (p. 180, col. 3)  (reprinted from EM of December 20, 1844) (attributed to Poe, as doubtful, by Mabbott. Also attributed to Poe by Hull.)
  • Review of Hoyt - "A Chaunt of Life"  (p. 185, cols. 1-2)   (reprinted from EM of December 23, 1844)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott, but disputed by Hull)
  • Notice of "Evening Hours"  (?) (p. 185, cols. 2-3)   (reprinted from EM of December 21, 1844)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott, but disputed by Hull)





1845 - January 4 (vol. I, no. 13)

  • Notice of "Goldsmith's Gems of Penmanship" (?) (p. 200, col. 3)  (reprinted from EM of December 30, 1844) (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - January 11 (vol. I, no. 14)

  • "Why have the New Yorkers No Review?"  (p. 219, col. 1, lower middle)   (reprinted from EM of January 8, 1845)   (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Subserviency to British Criticism"  (p. 219, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted from EM of January 8, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Captain Kidd's Vessel"  (p. 219, co. 2, lower middle)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)  (reprinted from EM of January 8, 1845)





1845 - January 18 (vol. I, no. 15)

  • "Rhetorical Resemblances"  (p. 229, col. 3) (reprinted from EM of January 9, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Magaziniana" (p. 227, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted from EM of January 10, 1845)   (attributed to Poe by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)   (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "The Alphadelphia Tocsin" (p. 227, col. 3) (reprinted from EM of January 11, 1845)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "Lunar Atmosphere"  (p. 237, col. 3, middle)  (reprinted from EM of January 10, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "The Cincinnati Telescope" (p. 238, cols. 2-3)   (reprinted from EM of January 10, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Review of J. R. Lowell - Conversations (p. 239, col. 2)  (reprinted from EM of January 11, 1845)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)





1845 - January 25 (vol. I, no. 16)

  • "Nature and Art" (p. 249, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted from EM of January 17, 1845)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Review of Longfellow - Waif (parts I & II) (p. 250, col. 2 - p. 251, col.3.)  (Part I reprinted from EM of January 13, 1845. Part II reprinted from EM of January 14, 1845)  (Both marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "Post Notes by the Critic"  (p. 251, cols. 1-3)  (reprinted from EM of January 20, 1845)  (This is a Poe's response to a reply of "H." of Boston to Poe's two-part review of Longfellow's Waif, reprinted in the same issue.)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "A Slander which Needs Immediate Contradiction"  (p. 252, col. 3)  (reprinted from EM of January 17, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "The Branded Hand" (p. 253, col. 2, bottom)  (reprinted from EM of January 17, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Notice of "Chalmer's Introduction to the History of the Revolt of the Colonies" (p. 256, col. 2, bottom)  (reprinted from EM of January 25, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Hull)





1845 - February 1 (vol. I, no. 17)

  • Notice of  "Mike Martin"  (p. 267, col. 1, bottom) (reprinted from EM of January 29, 1845)   (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Notice of "Dr. Draper's New Book"  (p. 268, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted from EM of January 20, 1845, where it carries the title "Dr. Draper and the North American Review")  (attributed to Poe by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)
  • "Pay of American Authors" (p. 271, col. 1)  (reprinted from EM of January 24, 1845)  (This is the first of four articles in the series by Poe.)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)





1845 - February 8 (vol. I, no. 18)

  • Notice of Brooks' Address on the Introduction of Natural History as a Regular Classic in our Seminaries   (p. 256, col. 2)  (attributed by Hull, but possibly disputed by Mabbott)
  • "The Raven" (poem) (p. 276, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted from EM of January 29, 1845)  (The EM printing is, technically, the first printing of "The Raven," probably appearing just before the February issue of The American Whig Review was available.)
  • Notice of "Westminster Review for December" (p. 278, col. 3, bottom) (reprinted from EM of January 29, 1845) (attributed to Poe by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Notice of "The Rise and Fall of the Irish Nation"  (p. 279, col. 3, near bottom) (reprinted from EM of January 29, 1845)   (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)
  • "Pay of American Authors"  (p. 280, col. 3)  (reprinted from EM of January 31, 1845, where it appears under the longer title of "Pay of American Authors: Synopsis of the International Copy-Right Question.")  (This is the fourth of four articles in the series by Poe.)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Notice of "Martin's Bible"  (p. 281, col. 2, bottom)  (reprinted from EM of February 3, 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)
  • Article - "Wood Pavements"  (p. 285, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted from EM of January 31, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "Pay of American Authors" (p. 288, col. 1)  (reprinted from EM of January 25, 1845)  (This is the second of four articles in the series by Poe. For some reason, the third item in the EM series, "Pay of American Authors — The Magazines," was the only one not to be reprinted in the WM.)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)





1845 - February 15 (vol. I, no. 19)

  • Article - "Try a Mineralized Pavement"  (p. 296, cols. 1-2) (reprinted from EM of February 8, 1845, where it carries the title "Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement?")  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "The Theory of Color"  (p. 297, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted from EM of February 8, 1845, where it carries the title of "New views on the Theory of Color." The EM version also has some additonal text at the end.)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Magazine Literature" (p. 299, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted from EM of February 12, 1845)  (Marked "P?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "New Era in the English Drama"  (p. 301, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted from EM of February 7, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)   (Marked "?" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • "Literary Intelligence"  (p. 304) (reprinted from EM of February 6, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)
  • "Literary"  (p. 304, cols. 1-3) (reprinted from EM of February 7, 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.)  (The notice of Hawthorne is marked with short pencil dashes at beginning and end, perhaps by Mabbott, in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)





1845 - February 22 (vol. I, no. 20)

  • "Imitation — Plagiarism"  (p. 306, cols. 2-3) (reprinted from EM of February 15, 1845)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Comment on "The Sanitary Condition of the Laboring Population of New York by Dr. Griscom"  (p. 308, col. 3)  (reprinted from EM of February 15, 1845)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull)
  • "Plagiarism"  (p. 310, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted from EM of February 17, 1845)  (Marked "P" by Mabbott in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Notice of "Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold"  (p. 315, cols. 2-3)  (reprinted from EM of February 18, 1845)  (attributed to Poe, as perhaps, by Hull, but disputed by Mabbott)
  • Review of "Graham's Magazine for March" (p. 317, col. 2)  (reprinted from EM of February 14, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Killis Campbell, but disputed by Hull)   (The section quoted from "a foreign correspondent" is marked in pencil at the beginning and end, perhaps by Mabbott, in the Columbia Univ. set of The Weekly Mirror.)
  • Comment about "The Hon. Robert T. Conrad"  (p. 320, cols. 1-2)  (reprinted from EM of February 15, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • Notice on "Saunders — On Milton J. Saunders"  (p. 320, col. 2)  (reprinted from EM of February 15, 1845)  (attributed to Poe by Mabbott and Hull)





1845 - March  8 (vol. I, no. 22)

  • "Literary Larceny"  (p. 345, col. 3, near bottom)  (reprinted from EM of February 26, 1845)   (attributed to Poe by Mabbott)
  • "Plagiarism" (a letter to Willis, signed "Outis")  (p. 346-347)  (???)  (reprinted from EM of March 1, 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. II (April 12, 1845 - October 4, 1845)




1845 - May 17, 1845 (vol. II, no. 6)   (whole number 32)

  • Article - "House Furniture" (pp. 88-89)  (reprinted from BJ.)  (Originally printed as "The Philosophy of Furniture" in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine for May 1840.)












Notes:

None.







 
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