POE, Edgar Allan. ''The Oblong Box.'' In: The Broadway Journal, Vol. 2, no. 23. New York, 13 December 1845.
POE, Edgar Allan. "The Oblong Box." In: The Broadway Journal, Vol. 2, no. 23. New York, 13 December 1845.
282 x 210 mm. 16 pages. (A little splitting along center fold, a few minor stains.) Provenance: Rowley family, New York (by descent in the family).
PRESENTATION COPY OF THE BROADWAY JOURNAL. INSCRIBED BY POE at the head of the first page in pencil: "From E.A. Poe, Esq." Founded by Charles Frederick Briggs, The Broadway Journal, this New York literary periodical was soon edited and partially owned by Poe. Within ten months of its founding, Poe became sole owner. In this journal he published many of his arguments against Transcendentalists, accused Longfellow of plagiarism, and reprinted several of his stories, poems, and other writings. The magazine was already struggling when Poe took it over, and failed completely just a few months later, ending Poe's briefly realized dream of owning and editing a journal.
"The Oblong Box" was first published on August 28, 1844, in the Dollar Newspaper in Philadelphia. It was also published in the September 1844 issue of Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book, also edited by Sarah Josepha Hale. "Biographically, 'The Oblong Box' is one of Poe's most revealing tales, probably written within two or three weeks after he arrived in New York. It re-imagines his journey there with Sissy [Poe's nickname for his wife Virginia] by train and steamboat, while Muddy remained in Philadelphia" (Silverman, Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance, New York, 1992, p.228). Heartman & Canny, p. 168.