Fictional travel narrative by Poe, published anonymously in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (1840). It purports to be an account of the first passage across the Rocky Mountains of North America ever achieved by civilized man,” as accomplished in 1792 by an English emigrant, Julius Rodman, with several companions, and described in a diary discovered by his heirs. The character of Rodman and the dates are fictitious, but the adventures and descriptions are based on fact, being largely paraphrased from Irving's Astoria and the accounts of Lewis and Clark and Sir Alexander Mackenzie.
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Edgar Allan Poe (1809—1849) American short-story writer, poet, and critic