Under the heading "Posthumous Poetry," Indiana's Kokomo Dispatch
published a poem titled "Leonainie" on August 3, 1877. It was an unremarkable poem except in one way. The editor of the Dispatch
, John Henderson, claimed it was a previously unpublished poem by Edgar Allan Poe. (Click here
to read the poem.)
The publication of this poem generated excitement among fans and scholars of Poe, and within a few weeks it had been reprinted in major papers throughout the United States. But in reality it was not a poem by Poe. Its true author was a struggling young Indiana poet, James Whitcomb Riley.