Rufus Wilmot Griswold

circa 1850: Rufus Wilmot Griswold. Engraving by Capewell & Kimmel. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Griswold is most commonly known as Edgar Allan Poe's rival, and for creating negative characterizations of Poe that have endured more than a century. But his life story beyond his connections to Poe is worthy of examination on its own.

Holly's Research:

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