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  • > We must say that we derive no small enjoyment from a delineation like this.
  • We like to see the evidences of study and thought, as well as of inspiration, in the design, and of careful and elaborate handling in the execution, as well as of grand and striking effect in the tout ensemble. The "Fall of the House of Usher" is what we denominate a stern and sombre, but at the same time a noble and imposing picture, such as can be drawn only by a master-hand. Such things are not produced by your slip-shod amateurs in composition.
  • — Phil. Weekly Messenger (Professor John Frost).
  • > "William Wilson," by Mr. Poe, reminds us of Godwin and Brockden Brown. The writer is a kindred spirit of theirs in his style of art. He paints with sombre Rembrandt-like tints, and there is great force and vigor of conception in whatever he produces.
  • — Phil. Weekly Messenger (Professor Frost).
  • > There is also a sketch of much power and peculiar interest, entitled "The House of Usher" which cannot fail to attract attention — … a remarkable specimen of a style of writing which possesses many attractions for those who love to dwell upon the terrible.
  • — Phil. Pennsylvanian (Jos. C. Neal).
  • > Mr. Poe's story of "The House of Usher" would have been considered a chef d'oevre if it had appeared in the pages of Blackwood.
  • — N. Y. Evening Star.
  • > "Lionizing" by Mr. Poe is an inimitable piece of wit and satire; and the man must be far gone in a melancholic humor whose risibility is not moved by this tale.
  • — S. Lit. Messenger (E. Vernon Sparhawk).
  • > Mr. Poe's "Hans Phaall" will add much to his reputation as an imaginative writer. The story is a long one, but will appear short to the reader, whom it bears along with irresistible interest through a region of which of all others we know least, but which his fancy has invested with peculiar charms.
  • — Idem.
  • > The author of the "Lunar Hoax" is indebted to the "Hans Phaall" of Mr. Poe for the conception and in a great measure for the execution of his discoveries.
  • — Norfolk Herald.
  • > The "Due de L'Omelette" by Edgar A. Poe, is one of those light, spirited, and fantastic inventions of which we have had specimens before in the Messenger, betokening a fertility of imagination and power of execution, that would, under a sustained effort, produce creations of an enduring character.
  • — Baltimore American (Geo. H. Calvert).
  • > The "Due de L'Omelette" is one of the best things of the kind we have ever read. Mr. Poe has great powers, and every line tells in all he writes. He is no spinner of long yarns, but chooses his subject, whimsically perhaps, but originally, and treats it in a manner peculiarly his own.
  • — National Intelligencer (J. F. Otis).
  • > Of the lighter contributions — of the diamonds which sparkle beside the more sombre gems, commend us, thou spirit of eccentricity, forever and a day, to
  • "The Duc de L'Omelette," — the best thing of the kind we ever have read or ever expect to read.
  • — Petersburgh (Va.) Constellation (H. Haines).
  • > "The Tale of Jerusalem," is one of those felicitous hits which are the forte of Edgar A. Poe.
  • — Baltimore Gazette.
  • > We seldom meet with more boldness in the development of intellectual capacity, or more vividness in description than we find in the productions of Edgar Allan Poe.
  • — Brownsville (Pa.) Observer.
  • > — Equally ripe in graphic humor and various lore.
  • — Charleston Courier.
  • > — An uniquely original vein of imagination, and of humorous delicate satire.
  • — S. L. Messenger.
  • > The story of "The Fall of the House of Usher," from the pen of Mr. Poe, is very interesting — a well told tale.
  • — Phil. U. S. Gazette (Jos. R. Chandler).
  • > Many of these tales are of a very high order of merit, and have been admired wherever they have been perused by men of mind. Mr. Poe is no imitator in story-telling. He has a peculiarity of his own — dealing often in rather wild imaginings, and yet he always contrives to sustain his plots with so much novelty of incident, that you must read him out in spite of any sober realities that may occasionally flit across the mind. And as you read you are ever impressed with the truth that he has much fancy, great richness of description, and true poetry for his imagery and colorings.
  • — Phil. Sat. Courier (E. Holden).
  • > Poe can throw a chain of enchantment around every scene he attempts to describe, and one of his peculiarities consists in the perfect harmony between each locale and the characters introduced. He has certainly written some of the most popular tales of American origin.
  • — Baltimore Post (Dr. J. Evans Snodgrass).
  • > He is excellent at caricature and satire.
  • — Richmond Compiler.
  • > He is one of the very few American writers who blend philosophy common sense, humor and poetry smoothly together… He lays his hand upon the wild steeds of his imagination, and they plunge furiously through storm and tempest, or foam along through the rattling thunder-cloud; or, at his bidding, they glide swiftly and noiselessly along the quiet and dreamy lake, or among the whispering bowers of thought and feeling… There are few writers in this country — take Neal, Irving, and Willis away, and we would say none — who can compete successfully in many respects with Poe. With an acuteness of observation, a vigorous and effective style, and an independence that defies control, he unites a fervid fancy and a most beautiful enthusiasm. His is a high destiny.
  • — St. Louis Commercial Bulletin.