The Museum Collection
Southern Literary Messenger Autographed by Anna C. Lynch
Description: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.