Anonymous [Peter Prospero] — “The Atlantis”




This serialized satirical fantasy was attributed by Arthur Hobson Quinn as possibly being by Poe. Quinn's statement is that “the evidence for Poe's authorship is largely internal” (see A. H. Quinn, pp. 757-761). Thomas Ollive Mabbott, however, felt that the author was more likely to be Nathan Covington Brooks, who was one of the editors of the American Museum (see Heartman & Canny, p. 145). The earliest attribution to Poe was probably the argument made in 1922 by Margaret Alterton (Poe's Critical Principles: their Sources and Development, dissertation, University of Iowa, chapter VI, pp. 2-22). She had apparently grown less confident about the claim by the time she published Origins of Poe's Critical Theory (University of Iowa Humanistic Studies, 1925) as she makes only a very minor mention of the matter, in a footnote.



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Reading and Reference Texts:

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  • “The Atlantis” — reading copy


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  • “The Atlantis” — 1969 — The Man Who Called Himself Poe, ed. Sam Moskowitz (New York: Doubleday & Co.) pp. 205-229 (reprints the first four chapters) (from Text-02)


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  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Quinn, Arthur Hobson, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (New York: D. Appleton, Co.), 1941.


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