ratic writer's poems in his first edition, that fact was regarded as conclusive evidence of a sectional bias even in literature.
Inasmuch, however, as Poe was born in Boston, and received much of his fragmentary education at West Point, the criticism did but little harm to Dana or the book.
It must be confessed, however, that a sharp review in one of the magazines had the merit of calling Dana's attention anew to the whole list of American poets, which resulted in the selection of Poe's Annabel Lee, The Bells, and The Raven, as well as many others from both native and foreign authors, for the next and subsequent editions of the work.
The Household Book has been frequently imitated under one name or another.
It was thoroughly revised by Dana in 1884, has gone through many editions, and still justly holds its place as the best volume of the kind published in the English language.
It is to be observed, however, that the compiler's modesty was too great to permit him to include even