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Mrs. Elizabeth F. Ellet

(Born: October, ca. 1812 - Died: June 3, 1877)

American historian and poet. Elizabeth F. Lummis was born in New York City. Her parents were Sarah Maxwell and William Nixon Lummis. She married William Henry Ellet about 1835.

She is at the core of a particularly unpleasant episode in Poe's life.

Mrs. Elizabeth F. Ellet

Criticism (Texts and Variant Texts)
  • Review of Poems; Translated and Original  (January 1836, text "A" — Southern Literary Messenger) (This review is a combined examination of Zinzendorff, and other Poems (Sigourney), Poems (Gould) and Poems; Translated and Original (Ellet).)
  • Notice from "Autography"
    • "E. F. Ellet" ("A Chapter on Autography" - part I) — November 1841 — Graham's Magazine


  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "Elizabeth F. Ellet," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:609-610
  • 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.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Moss, Sidney P., Poe's Literary Battles: The Critic in the Context of His Literary Milieu, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1963
  • Moss, Sidney P., Poe's Major Crisis: His Libel Suit and New York's Literary World, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1970
  • Phillips, Elizabeth, "Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet," American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, ed. Lina Mainiero, New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing, 1970, 1:581-583
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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