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Richard Henry Stoddard

(Born: July 2, 1825 - Died: 1903)

American editor and poet. He married Elzabeth Barstow. He served as an editor of the New York World and the New York Mail and Express.

Stoddard met Poe, but did not like him. About 1875, Stoddard continued to traditions begun by Griswold, with whom Stoddard felt a far stronger affinity. After the Civil War, Stoddard grew a thick, bushy beard, which he kept for the rest of his life. This, however, is how he would have appeared when he met Poe.

Richard Henry Stoddard


  • Duyckinck, E. A. and G. L., "Richard Henry Stoddard," Cyclopedia of American Literature, New York: Charles Scribner, 1856, 2:717-718
  • 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)
  • Stoddard, Richard Henry, Recollections Personal and Literary, ed. Ripley Hitchcock, New York: A. S. Barnes and Co., 1903
  • 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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