you who know my methods may recognize a familiar literary device that revealed
itself in my work from time to time.
Do you not see my name screaming out from this title? Don’t worry, apparently no one else did
Less there be any doubt of who authored The Beale Papers, I placed my
initials TWICE in the first three words of this great mystery.
THE BEALE PAPERS!
Coincidence, maybe, but not likely.
A close examination of my work will reveal a lifelong pattern of
inserting the names, initials, birthdates etc. of myself, my brother Henry and,
particularly my mother Eliza, my “step-mother” Muddy and my wife, Virginia.
For example, the name L’Espanaye, given
to the murder victims in The Murders in
the Rue Morgue, twice contains my initials and almost spells Allan.
The two Wilson’s in William Wilson have my own birthdate.
Ulalume-A Ballad, contains the double-l,
double-a pattern in Allan.
In Mesmeric Revelation, V, the dying
mesmerized subject, and P, the mesmerist, suggest myself and my beautiful wife
Virginia, who died so young.
There are numerous instances of my use of my own name, initials, birth date
etc. throughout my work.
The Beale Papers merely
continues this tradition. (July 2002).