The Purloined Letter Historical Context

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The Mass-Market Publishing Industry in America

In the mid-1820s, Poe was one of many writers on the East Coast submitting his works to the growing mass-market publishing industry. Better transportation and improvements in paper production and printing technologies led to the establishment of several newspapers, magazines, and book publishers, and writers and editors clamored to be a part of it.

Political Manipulations

The election of President Andrew Jackson in 1828 introduced competitive new methods into presidential elections. Says J. Gerald Kennedy, in his article, "Edgar Allan Poe, 1809-1849: A Brief Biography," "[t]he contest of 1828 had transformed presidential elections forever by introducing national political tactics" and "fierce partisanship." This partisanship carried over to governing itself, Kennedy notes, as Jackson began to "reward allies and punish enemies."

In the story, Dupin is also a political manipulator, who uses his recovery of the letter as a political move. "You know...

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