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George Pope Morris was one of the founders of The New York Mirror and for a time its editor He is best known as the author of the poem Woodman Spare That Tree and other poems and songs The Little Frenchman and His Water Lots 1839 the first story in the present volume is selected not because Morris was especially prominent in the field of the short story or humorous prose but because of this single storys representative character Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 follows with The Angel of the Odd October 1844 Columbian Magazine perhaps the best of his humorous stories The System of Dr Tarr and Prof Fether November 1845 Grahams Magazine may be rated higher but it is not essentially a humorous story Rather it is incisive satire with too biting an undercurrent to pass muster in the company of the genial in literature Poes humorous stories as a whole have tended to belittle rather than increase his fame many of them verging on the inane There are some however which are at least excellent fooling few more than that

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Life In The West.
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The Sister's Appeal.
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A Parody.
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A Hero of the Revolution.
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Boat-Song.
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A Legend of the Mohawk.
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Au Revoir.
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A Wall-Street Lyric.
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Bessy Bell.
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Address. For the Benefit of Henry Placide.
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Address. For the benefit of William Dunlap.
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Address. For the benefit of James Sheridan Knowles.
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