The Journal of Julius Rodman

Extracts from the Journal of a "Julius Rodman" first appeared in Burton's Gentlemen's Magazine from January, 1840, and continued to appear for six months until June. The journal purported to detail a 1792 expedition led by Julius Rodman up the Missouri River toward the Far North. This 1792 expedition, if true, would have made Rodman the first European to cross the Rocky Mountains.

But in fact, Rodman was a fictitious character invented by Edgar Allan Poe. To create this ruse Poe penned the entire journal, relying heavily on sources such as Washington Irving's Astoria and Lewis and Clark's History of the Expedition to give his account a veneer of authenticity.

Poe's motive for perpetrating this elaborate hoax is unclear.

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