Text: Edgar Allan Poe, Notice of the 9th number of the Southern Literary Messenger, The Baltimore Republican and Commercial Advertiser, June 13, 1835



The ninth number of this Periodical is received, and contains even more than its usual quantity of excellent matter. We are glad to see also that this matter is, in the present instance, entirely original. There is not a selected article in the book. The outward appearance and typography is [sic] unexceptionable, and in no respect has the South occasion to regret the enthusiasm with which she has lent her aid to the support of the Messenger. We will endeavour to find room for a running notice of some of the principal articles in the present number. The sixth of the Tripolitan Sketches sustains the reputation of the preceding papers. The Letters of a Sister are also very spirited, vivacious, and well written. The third number of the Fine Arts, evinces a just application of the subject; and, in many respects, is excellent. The Article on Recent American Novels is crude and undigested. — The writer is evidently unacquainted with his theme. — This opinion of “The Insurgents” is exaggerated, and he has forgotten the talented novels of Mr. Kennedy & Dr. Bird in his wholesale denunciations. The Dissertation on the Characteristic Differences between the Sexes is a paper of unusual value. The subject is treated in a manner really masterly, and would be sufficient of itself to give a character to any Periodical. Lionizing, a tale by Edgar A. Poe, is an admirable piece of burlesque, which displays much reading, a lively humor, and an ability to afford amusement or instruction, according to the direction he may choose to give to his pen, which should not be suffered to lie unemployed, and will not, we trust, be neglected.

There are also some excellent sketches of Virginia Scenery viz: The House Mountain visit to the Virginia Springs, Dagger's Springs, and The Red Sulphur Springs. We refer our readers confidently to the Critical Notices in the present Number. We have read with interest the remarks on the Promessi Sposi of Manzoni [sic]; on Mrs. Butler's Journal; and on our townsman Mr. Kennedy's new novel, Horse-Shoe Robinson — of which latter the publication, although long anxiously expected, has been, for what reason we know not, deferred. The poetical pieces are all above mediocrity. The lines to “My Child “ are admirable; and we have seldom seen any thing of the kind more beautiful than “My Native Land,” by Lucy T. Johnson.



This text is taken from a photocopy of the original article. This photocopy is from the T. O. Mabbott collection at the University of Iowa. (The page and column number are, unfortunately, not recorded, although it appears that the article occupies a single half-column.) This item was not mentioned by Killis Campbell, “Gleanings in the Bibliography of Poe,” Modern Language Notes, XXXII, 1917, p 269 (item 3a). The text was first printed by David K. Jackson, “Four of Poe's Critiques in the Baltimore Newspapers,”  Modern Language Notes, April 1935, pp. 253-254. Jackson's transcription is extremely faithful.

The collection of Mabbott's research materials held by the University of Iowa include a page with the following notes for this item:

1) “Tipolitan Sketches” are by Robert Greenhow

— “Letters of a Sister” [from abroad] are signed Leontine

— “Recent American Novels’ — author unknown

The Insurgents ?

“The Dissertation on ... the Sexes” is by Thomas Roderick Dew

2) Virginia Scenery — Dagger's Springs and The Red Sulphur Springs may be by Sparhawk

The notices of I Promessi Sposi Sparhawk?

The notice of J. P. Kennedy's Horseshoe Robinson is Poe's

“My Child” is by Sparhawk


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