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date: 23 January 2022

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This chapter focuses on the fiction Poe began writing in the early 1830s. New to the genre, Poe wrote his first tales as ironic experiments in the voices of established authors in the marketplace, which he satirized as an elite literary club where members exchanged and critiqued one another’s tales at invitation-only banquets. The chapter presents a reconstruction of this never-published Folio Club collection and suggests topics for its future exploration: repeated motifs in the members’ tales, ways in which the club’s organization burlesques the systems of production and reviewing in Poe’s print culture, and reiterations of underlying features of the design in the author’s later work.

Keywords: Edgar Allan Poe, Folio Club tales, print culture, marketplace fiction, satire, motifs

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