Books: Revival: Jan. 9, 1939

In Richmond, Va., 103 years ago, a struggling 64-page magazine called the Southern Literary Messenger, then a year old, published a short story called Berenice. It was by an unknown 26-year-old writer named Edgar Allan Poe, who had been recommended to the editor, as "very clever with his pen . . . highly imaginative and a little terrific." Shortly afterwards, at a salary of $10 a week, Poe became editor of the Messenger.

Seventeen months later, the publisher was as "sick of his writings as I am of him." But before he was fired...

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