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The Journal of Julius Rodman  
Author Edgar Allan Poe
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Adventure novel
Publisher Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (serial)
Publication date 1840
Media type Print (Periodical)

The Journal of Julius Rodman, Being an Account of the First Passage across the Rocky Mountains of North America Ever Achieved by Civilized Man is an unfinished serial novel by American author Edgar Allan Poe.


Six installments of the novel were published in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine's January through June issues in 1840. At the time, Poe was a contributing editor of the journal. He was fired from the job in June 1840 by William Burton and refused to continue the novel.[1]


In 1840, members of the United States Senate believed the story to be a true account. Robert Greenhow (1800-1854), a native of Richmond, Virginia whose family may have known Poe, wrote a paragraph about the work in U.S. Senate Document of the 26th Congress, 1st Session, Volume IV (1839-40), pages 140-141, entitled "Memoir, Historical and Political, on the Northwest Coast of North America, and the Adjacent Territories; Illustrated by a Map and a Geographical View of Those Countries". The document stated, "It is proper to notice here an account of an expedition across the American continent, made between 1791 and 1794, by a party of citizens of the United States, under the direction of Julius Rodman, whose journal has been recently discovered in Virginia, and is now in course of publication in a periodical magazine at Philadelphia." Greenhow admitted that the full expedition had not yet been completely reported.

This unintended "hoax" on the U.S. Senate suggests Poe's ability to add credibility to his fiction. In 1844, Greenhow's "Memoir" was expanded and reprinted in book form as The History of Oregon and California and Other Territories on the North-West Coast of North America. In its second edition, references to Julius Rodman were removed, implying Greenhow learned of his error.[2]


  1. ^ Sova, Dawn B. Edgar Allan Poe: A to Z. Checkmark Books, 2001. p. 119
  2. ^ Jackson, David K. "Marginalia" from Poe Studies, vol. VII, no. 2, December 1974, p. 47

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The Journal of Julius Rodman
by Edgar Allan Poe
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Published in "Burton's Magazine" in 1840 with the following article titles and dates:

"The Journal of Julius Rodman - Chapter I" (1840 January)

"The Journal of Julius Rodman - Chapter II" (1840 February)

"The Journal of Julius Rodman - Chapter III" (1840 March)

"The Journal of Julius Rodman - Chapter IV" (1840 April)

"The Journal of Julius Rodman - Chapter V" (1840 May)

"The Journal of Julius Rodman - Chapter VI" (1840 June)

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  • "The Journal of Julius Rodman" (brief excerpts) (November 3, 1877 — Mirror of Literature (London) (Vol. I, no. 1, pp. 9-10.) (A clipping of this rare item is in the Ingram collection at U. of VA.)
  • "The Journal of Julius Rodman" (1884 — Works (Ingram)) (Ingram was the first to reprint the full text, dropping the illustration of the Indian and the text that drew attention to it. It was first included, in vol. IV on pages 3-90, in the 1884 edition, then called Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.)
  • "The Journal of Julius Rodman" (1894-1896 — Works (Stedman & Woodberry) (This is the first American reprint of the story, using Ingram's text. It is included in vol. V, pp. 255-351, with notes on pp. 359-361. This edition was published over a span of several years. The copyright date in vol. V is 1895.)
PD-icon.svg This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.


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