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Southern Literary Messenger was the leading belletristic journal of the Old South for three decades (1834-64). Under the editorship of Edgar Allen Poe from 1835 to 1837, circulation increased from 500 to 3,500. Poe also contributed many of his works, including 83 reviews, six poems, four essays and three stories. Other editors included J. R. Thompson (1847-60), G. W. Bagby (1860-64) and Frank H. Alfriend (1864).