EDGAR ALLAN POE'S PUBLIC LITERARY FEUD
Enoch L. Fancher was Edgar Allan Poe's attorney who assisted him in a July 23, 1846 libel suit against Hiram Fuller, editor and proprietor of the New-York Evening Mirror, who had allowed slander to be published against him in the magazine which was the first to publish Poe's poem "The Raven". Poe sued the newspaper for libel and defamation of character. Attorney Fancher won the case and Poe was awarded $225 (equivalent to $5000 today). Considering Poe only made $9 for "The Raven", $225 was a substantial sum.
ENOCH LEWIS FANCHER (1817-1900) HANDWRITTEN QUOTE SIGNED, "E. L. Fancher, New York City", 4 x 3, by the American lawyer, politician, author of "Laws Related to Religious Corporations", Methodist activist, President of the American Bible Society, Justice for the New York Supreme Court, and Edgar Allan Poe's attorney. In full: "To a height in the Temple of Fame, The names of earth's heroes ascent; Mine seeks -'tis a lowlier name - The love and regard of a Friend." On June 23, 1846, The New-York Evening Mirror published "Reply to Mr. Poe," in which Thomas Dunn English, a minor poet, publisher, and provocateur called Poe "a drunk, a forger, a fraud, a plagiarist...." Actually Poe had picked a fight when he earlier "profiled" English in The Literati of New York in an intimate sketch which was very critical of his appearance and comparing him to an ass and accused him of plagiarizing his poetry. Poe, no longer welcome in New York's literary salons, blacklisted and broke, had his attorney Lewis Fancher sue The Evening Mirror (but not English) for publishing English's rejoinder. Fancher, decided to sue the Mirror (they had the money) rather than go after English (who had no money). Fancher asked that Poe be awarded damages for two libelous remarks: that he obtained money under false pretenses and that he committed forgery. Poe won a $225 award. Minor age toning, tape on lower left edge, mounting remnants on the reverse with no show through, otherwise in fine condition.