Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 November 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Success in the literary marketplace of Jacksonian America required shrewdness, and Edgar A. Poe sought to increase the publication and circulation of his work during his editorial stints at the Southern Literary Messenger, Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, Alexander’s Weekly Messenger, Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine, the New York Evening Mirror and Weekly Mirror, and The Broadway Journal. Unlike most of the literati of his day, who pursued belles-lettres as a leisure activity, Poe earned his living, meager as it was, as a “magazinist.” A formidable critic, poet, and short story writer, Poe developed an aesthetic of “unity of effect” that was influenced but not dictated by the literary marketplace. This article examines Poe’s engagement with the literary marketplace, his experiences with the “magazine prison-house,” and his ultimate aspiration to own and edit a magazine of the highest quality that would elevate the status of American literature worldwide.

Keywords: antebellum print culture, international copyright, American literati, editorial stints, magazines, Magazine Prison-House, magazinist, mass audience, periodicals, printing

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.