A Canon of the Critical Works of Edgar Allan Poe with a Study of Poe as Editor and Reviewer (1941), title page and table of contents


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Table of Contents


Introduction i
Abbreviations ix
A Canon of the Critical Works of Edgar Allan Poe, with a List of Works Denied Him
Guide to the Canon    xi
Southern Literary Messenger    1
Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine    7
Graham’s Magazine    10
The New York Mirror    16
The Broadway Journal    24
Miscellaneous Magazines    36
Part I: The Southern Literary Messenger
I. Poe: White’s “Right-Hand Man”    34
II. An Examination of the Evidence for the Poe Reviews in the Messenger :
Volume I: December 1834 - November 1835 67
Volume II: December 1835 - June 1836 87
Volume II: July 1836 - December 1836    138
Volume III: January 1837 - December 1837    170
After 1837    187
Part II: Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine
I. Poe: Assistant to Billy Burton, Comedian    200
II. An Examination of the Evidence for the Poe Reviews in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine :
Volume IV: January 1839 - June 1839    223
Volume V: July 1839 - December 1839    225
Volume VI: January 1840 - June 1840    250
Part III: Graham’s Magazine
I. Variations on an old Theme    275
II. Commentary on the Critical Writings in Graham’s Magazine :
Volume XVIII: January 1841 - June 1841    303
Volume XIX: July 1841 - December 1841    338
Volume XX: January 1842 - June 1842    357
Volume XXI: July 1842 - December 1842    385
After 1842    386
Part IV: The New York Mirror
I. Poe — Mechanical Paragraphist    398
II. Commentary on the Critical Writings in the Mirror:
Volume I: October 8, 1844 - April 7, 1845    414
Notices in the Weekly Mirror not reprinted from the Evening Mirror    484
Part V: The Broadway Journal   
I. The Hollow Chance    488
II. Commentary on the Critical Writings in the Broadway Journal :
Volume I: January 4, 1844 - June 28, 1845    518
Volume II: July 12, 1845 - January 3, 1846    626
Part VI: Miscellaneous Magazines:   
American Metropolitan    694
American Museum    694
The American Review    694
The Aristidean    694
Boston Miscellany    700
Columbia Spy    694
Columbian Magazine    701
Gentleman’s Magazine (Cincinati, OH)    701
Godey’s Lady’s Book    701
The Madisonian    704
New World    704
New York Quarterly Review    705
New York Tribune    706
Opal    706
Pittsburgh Literary Examiner    706
Pioneer    707
Saturday Evening Post    709
Sartain’s Union Magazine    709
Western Quarterly Review    709
Home Journal    709
The Metropolitan    709
United States Magazine and Democratic Review    710
Selective Bibliography    711



William Doyle Hull II was born in Westminster, SC, in 1918. (Although he might more properly have been designated as William Doyle Hull, Jr., his father being William Doyle Hull, Sr., Dr. Hull generally used a suffix of “II” in preference to “Jr.”) He obtained his B. A. degree from Furman University in Greenville, SC, in 1938. As a graduate student, he attended the University of Virginia, where he obtained an M. A. in 1940, and a PhD. in 1941. Following graduation, he taught for one year at Howard College, in Birmingham, AL (1941-1942). As the United States officially entered World War II, providing support for the allied forces, Dr. Hull joined the army in 1942. Following his years of military service, in which he was chiefly stationed in India and used as a cryptographer, he returned to teaching. For one year, he taught at North Carolina State College in Raleigh. He began his long career at what was then Hofstra College, in Hempsted, NY, in 1946, and remained there until his death in 1984, at the age of 66. As an educator and poet, he wrote on various topics, but his only contributions to the academic field in regard to Edgar Allan Poe were his Master's Thesis and Doctoral Disseration, both on the canon of Poe’s critical reviews. Although neither of these important works were officially published, some copies were informally distributed over the years, and the disseration has been used as a reference source for various projects, most notably by Thomas Ollive Mabbott. The lack of easy access to these copies has restricted more general use, and it is the hope of the Poe Society of Baltimore that the present electronic edition will alleviate this problem.

Technically, the contents of this disseration are protected by copyright, but with Dr. Hull himself having died in 1984, and there being no readily identifiable heir or estate, it has not been possible to secure formal permission. Dr. Hull’s papers were deposited at Hoftra University, where he taught for many years, by his brother, who has since also died. Dr. Hull appears to have never married, or had children. Both Hofstra and the University of Virginia were contacted prior to initiating this electronic edition. Although both institutions were very interested in the project, neither could assert any claims over copyright, and were therefore unable to grant formal approval. This text, then, is presented under a broad assumption of fair use, and with the idea that Dr. Hull would have been pleased to have his work widely available for use, for educational purposes and without any charge for access. If a reasonable claim for copyright can be documented, please contact the Poe Society of Baltimore to arrange for permission, or to request that we remove the material.

There is no table of contents in the original, but has been added in the present version for the sake of referencing the various sections. Because the original disseration was prepared on a ordinary typewriter, with very little avaialable in regard to formatting options, some liberties have been taken in this electronic presentation for the sake of improved appearance and readability. The use of underlines, for example, has been interpreted as indicating italics.


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