The Museum Collection

Philadelphia Saturday Courier for October 22, 1831

ID #: 604
Creator: Philadelphia Saturday Courier
Date: October 22, 1832
Format: Newspaper
Dimensions: 23.5" x 18.25"
Source: Dr. James Southall Wilson
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: Philadelphia Saturday Courier
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publish Date: October 22, 1832


This newspaper contains an announcement on the back page for a short story contest Poe would enter. Poe submitted five stories to the contest, but another author, Delia Bacon, won the prize. Although Poe lost the contest, his five tales were printed in the paper, probably without his knowledge and almost certainly without payment. These would be Poe's first published stories.

Poe scholar Dr. James Southall Wilson presented this piece to the Poe Museum.