The Museum Collection
Poe's Works in the American Review
Description:Among Poe's major works that had their first appearances in the American Review were "The Raven" (February 1845), "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" (December 1845 under the original title "The Facts of M. Valdemar's Case"), "Ulalume" (December 1847), and "Some Words with a Mummy" (April 1845). Begun as an organ of the Whig Party, the American Review had a readership of between 3,000 and 5,000 readers during its eight years of existence. The magazine began in 1845 under the editor George H. Colton. It was the poet James Russell Lowell who suggested to Colton that he publish some of Poe's works in the journal. This resulted in the publication of "The Raven" for which Poe was paid about $15.
The Poe Museum owns a set of the American Review running from the first volume in 1845 to the last in 1852.