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This is one of twelve sermons Earl Davis kept together in a twine-bound collection. While these manuscripts are undated, internal evidence clearly dates them to the years 1909-1911. The United States went through a recession in 1908, and there was increasing labor unrest, including a general strike in Philadelphia in 1910. These difficulties provide some of the backdrop to these manuscripts.

One of the manuscripts, “What about City Government,” has a clear notation that it was written for the “Pipe and Pen Club,” presumably some periodic gathering to discuss issues of the day. It is possible that all – or nearly all – of these manuscripts were prepared for that gathering, as they do not read like sermons.

Davis provides a kind of psychological analysis of what he sees as Poe failing to live up to his genius. He blames Poe's step-parents, who gave him things and luxury, but not warmth and discipline. Two of the author's works briefly discussed, "William Wilson" (1839) and Eureka: A Prose Poem (1848).

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Transcription by Davis Baird. Item description based off writing and context provided by Davis Baird.


Earl Clement Davis, ministers, Unitarianism, religion, manuscripts, Edgar Allan Poe

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