The Museum Collection

Desk from the Southern Literary Messenger Office

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Date: 1820-1830
Format: Desk, mahogany, mahogany veneer, poplar, birch, white pine
Dimensions: 59.5" H, 67" W, 34.25" D
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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This desk was used in the office of the Southern Literary Messenger when Poe was there. It was at this Richmond publication that Poe began his career in journalism in 1835. The desk Poe used during this time is in the collection of the Ransom Resource Center in Austin, Texas and is similar in style to the present desk. The chair Poe used is in the collection of the Poe Museum in Richmond and can be viewed on this website.