- Author: Edgar Allan Poe
- Copyright: Public domain
- Published in: 1844
- Word count: 7,432 words (≈ 30 minutes)
Note: In the Southern Literary Messenger of December 1844, Poe published his longest burlesque, “The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq. Late Editor of the ‘Goosetherumfoodle.’” The late Professor Mabbott regarded it as “perhaps the most amusing of Poe’s satires (if the background is understood)”. The “background,” in Hervey Allen’s view, comprised his early life in Richmond and his relations with John Allan or father “Bob” in the tale. The burlesque is, however, chiefly a satire on editors and especially on “father” Graham, proprietor of the Gentleman’s magazine, on which Poe had so manfully worked, as he makes clear in the tale.