Author: David A. Davis

assistant professor of English at Mercer University

Southern Literary Messenger

The Southern Literary Messenger was one of the most successful and influential literary magazines in the South. Founded by Richmond printer Thomas Willis White and edited for a time by Edgar Allan Poe, the Messenger, according to the magazine’s editor James Ewell Heath in the first issue, was meant to serve as “a kind of pioneer, to spy out the land of literary promise [in the South], and to report whether the same be fruitful or barren.”