A Dictionary of Selected Jacksonian Writers

cited in Edgar Allan Poe's "A Chapter on Autography"



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Jacksonian democracy refers to the political philosophy of President Andrew Jackson and his followers in the new Democratic Party. It was resisted by the rival Whig Party. More broadly, it refers to the period of the Second Party System (18241854)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacksonian_democracy

All the writers listed here are mentioned by Edgar Allen Poe in his work "A Chapter On Autography". In theory this is an early work of handwriting analysis (and is often cited as such), but it is much more, perhaps primarily, a work of literary criticism. It is not clear, either, why Poe chose to "analyze" these writers, many of whom were famous at the time, but some of whom were, even then, quite obscure.

Today, even many who were famous then are virtually forgotten. Users of this dictionary will probably find it far more useful for the latter than for figures such as Emerson and Longfellow, for whom numerous more complete sources exist.





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