Southern Literary Messenger
Original Author: Thomas Willis White, publisher
Created: August 1834
Medium: Journal cover
Publisher: Library of Virginia

Southern Literary Messenger, First Issue

The first issue of the Southern Literary Messenger, published in Richmond in August 1834, notes on its cover that the magazine will be "devoted to every department of literature and the fine arts." The journal, which was edited for a time by Edgar Allan Poe, ceased publication in 1864 due to the instability in Richmond caused by the Civil War.