Southern Literary Messenger

John R. Thompson bought the Messenger in 1847 -- over a decade after Edgar Allan Poe had worked as its editor. Thompson was born in Richmond to parents who had moved there from the North, and was educated at the University of Virginia. He hoped to make the magazine appeal to a national audience, and sought out contributions from northern writers, but reacted vehemently to what he saw as Uncle Tom's Cabin's attack not just on slavery, but on the South. At the beginning of 1853 he went so far as to reduce the yearly subscription rate from $5 to $3 in hopes of pulling in more southern readers to rally around his appeal for southern magazines to resist the abolition furor aroused by Stowe's novel (see second article below).

Thompson's long October, 1852, review of the novel is available in the REVIEWS section of the archive.

  • [Lord Carlisle's Libel of the South] (November 1852)
  • [The Need for Southern Magazines] (January 1853)
  • [British Attack on Stowe] (January 1853)
  • [Anti-Stowe Epigram] (January 1853)
  • [UTC on the Paris Stage] (March 1853)
  • Woman's True Mission (May 1853)
  • [Stowe and British Hypocrisy] (May 1853)
  • [Review:] A Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin (June 1853)
  • Address to University of Virginia Alumni (September 1853)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Reviewed (October 1853)
  • The Duty of Southern Authors [Excerpt] (October 1856)
  • Mrs. Stowe and Dred [Excerpt] (October 1858)

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