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Edgar Allan Poe: 1840
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Edgar Allan Poe was part of a loose literary circle in Philadelphia. Some members were Sarah Josepha Hale, Edwin Forrest, and Louis Antoine Godey. Sarah Hale played an active role in the magazine Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book, and her son David Emerson Hale had also attended West Point with Poe in 1830 and 1831.

Edwin Forrest met Poe during Poe’s introduction to the Philadelphia literati at a dinner held at playwright Richard Penn Smith’s residence in June 1839. Forrest’s September 1847 offering of $3000 for “the best original tragedy, in five acts, [a] production of an American citizen [. . .] something worthy of American literature” is cited in Thomas Holley Chivers’s biography of Poe.

Louis Antoine Godey was the editor and publisher of Godey's Magazine and Lady's Book from 1830 to 1877. The October 1845 issue gave a glowing review to Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Poe’s series The Literati of New York City was also published in this magazine from May to October 1846.


Home of Mrs Sarah Josepha Hale, 922 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [20 August 1958]


Grave of Sarah Josepha Hale, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [19 June 1954]


Home of Edwin Forrest, Broad and Master Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [2 August 1958]


Vault of Louis Antoine Godey, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [18 April 1954]


Grave inscription for Louis Antoine Godey, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [5 June 1960]

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