The Museum Collection

Southern Literary Messenger Autographed by Anna C. Lynch

ID #: 657
Date: December 1852
Format: Magazine
Source: Gift of James Rinfleisch
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Place of Publication: Richmond, VA
Publish Date: 1852


This copy of the December 1852 issue of the Southern Literary Messenger bears the autograph of New York writer Anna Charlotte Lynch. The Southern Literary Messenger was the Richmond magazine at which Poe began his career in journalism in 1835. The final installments of Poe's series, Marginalia, were published in the magazine in 1849, the year of the author's death.

Anna Charlotte Lynch (1815-1891), whose signature appears on the cover of this issue, hosted a literary salon Poe attended regularly while he was living in New York City.