Edgar Allan Poe, Race and the Jews by Karl Radl


Edgar Allan Poe, Race and the Jews

Edgar Allan Poe is a household name today and the amount of influential authors who have been inspired by this American literary great are almost numberless. It is not widely known, but Poe actually create the popular genre of detective fiction with his epoch-making whodunits based on the delightful character of C. Auguste Dupin: ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ and ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’.

What many people don’t know about Poe is that he was strongly anti-abolitionist in regards to slavery and an ardent Southern Nationalist even if it lost him readers. (1) This is so significant part of Poe’s life and one which so underlies his literary corpus that Marxist academics have devoted whole works trying desperately to ‘prove’ that Poe wasn’t a racist and did it merely to conform to the political economy and resultant social theory of the day. (2)

These desperate ideological confabulations are however ripped asunder when we quote Poe’s own words in a review of an anti-slavery book. To wit:

‘The Negro is inferior to the White man, because it was the will of God it should be so.’ (3)

Then we have the fact that Poe frequently used the prefix ‘its’ rather ‘his’ or ‘hers’ when referring to blacks in his works as well as routinely referring to blacks as ‘niggers’. An example of which is his reference to the negro servant ‘Pompey’ in ‘The Man that was Used Up’.

This isn’t limited to blacks either as Poe openly refers, in ‘The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket’, to Pacific Islanders as savages who are some of the most loathsome people on the planet. This is because they trick travelers and traders into thinking they are their friends before savagely murdering them en masse.

Poe’s views on this score stem from both his experience of non-White races in the southern United States and his observations on his travels. In other words experience drove Poe’s views unlike the, frankly weird cloistered and quasi-Messianic, views of pro-abolitionist writers like Henry David Thoreau and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

We can see this keen sense of observation in Poe when he records in his ‘The Colloquy of Monos and Una’ that the idea of universal equality is complete imaginary nonsense. While in his ‘The Philosophy of Furniture’ Poe discusses, and demonstrates his disgust for, ‘democratic capitalism’ and how it has created an ‘aristocracy of the dollar’ in the United States when what was needed was an ‘aristocracy of the blood’. (4)

We can see a different Poe here and one that is hardly the Poe that autistic oddballs and miscellaneous would-be princes of darkness like to extol. This is the real Poe and the man we see is, quite frankly, the opposite of many of his groupies today; he was a racial nationalist as well as being a highly skilled writer of stories, novels and poetry.

Even people who know about Poe’s views on race and slavery however often haven’t heard the other bit of that viewpoint. This is that Poe also wrote a bit on the subject of the jews.

Poe’s views on the jews are controversial in large part, because, relatively speaking, he wrote little about them. However from what we do have I think it is clear that Poe was less enamoured of the chosen people as they like to claim.

It is true that in his stories ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ and ‘Ligeia’; Poe refers to the ‘beauty of the aquiline nose, which he labels as being of ‘jewish’/‘Hebrew’ type. However this is Poe making a mistake rather than his professing a great attraction for the jews.

What Poe is actually saying is that he finds the aquiline (better known as the ‘Roman’) nose attractive, which is superior in his view to the common Greek type as evinced in the many Grecian monuments, statues and freezes then available for his perusal. He just associates the aquiline nose purely with jews for a reason that I cannot, and will not, speculate on.

This positive mention is odd precisely because in his ‘Loss of Breath’ Poe makes fun out of ancient jewish beliefs to the effect that the gates of heaven would be thrown open to a jew, whether saint or sinner, who said ‘Amen’.

In the same vein in his ‘A Tale of Jerusalem’ Poe makes fun of jews, and their rabbis in particular, in regards to their superstitious religious beliefs. The story revolves around the siege of Jerusalem by the Romans where the jews are desperate for lambs to slaughter to Yahweh (as they have run out).

The jews have bargained with the Romans for some lambs to slaughter on their altars and lower down a basket of silver shekels, which Poe calls the ‘money with an unpronounceable name’ in a clear satire of the jewish belief in the magical power of letters and names. The Romans promptly take the silver and give the jews a pig’s carcass instead of the lambs.

The rabbis go into hysterics about the ‘unutterable unclean animal’ and cannot comprehend that the god Phoebus, to whom the Romans refer, isn’t one referred to in the Tanakh so they have a hair-splitting debate about whether Phoebus is actually Dagon or whether he is some other Biblical deity. In other words the jews are being made fun of by Poe because of the Kashruth dietary laws and their Judeocentric view of the universe that cannot conceive of an existence of a diety outside of the pages of the Tanakh.

This is the kind of anti-Semitic intellectual humour that you’d probably not expect from Poe, but in spite of claims this is just Poe being coarse; (5) Poe is quite clearly mocking jews in a manner not unlike the delightfully vicious anti-jewish satire of Edouard Drumont in ‘La France Juive’ several decades later.

It is difficult to see Poe as being anything but derogatory to jews here. This is especially true as Poe’s comments on jews don’t end there; since in ‘The Business Man’ we find the comment that jews are next to impossible to make money out of (which is probably derived from Poe’s experience dealing with them).

While Poe also wrote a piece of doggerel with the following wording:

‘Why ask who ever yet saw money made out a fat old Jew or downright upright nutmegs out of a pine-knot.’ (6)

In other words Poe regarded jews as being inveterate usurers with stupid religious customs and his positive relations with individual jews, such as the lawyer Mordecai Noah, (7) were more down to Poe’s personal penury and his belief that the principle enemies that he had to fight were the abolitionists not jews.

Incidentally he is also frequently accused of plagiarizing Benjamin Disraeli’s novels, particularly his 1826 work ‘Vivian Grey’, (8) when he was actually satirizing the future Prime Minister of Great Britain. (9) Hardly something that someone favourable to the jews would be doing to a novelist who is famous for flaunting his jewishness in the face of his readers.

Therefore it is reasonable to conclude that while Poe didn’t identify the jews as his principle enemies: he didn’t exactly have a good opinion of them either.

In essence Poe was a racial nationalist before his time and he and his work belong not to would-be chubby vampires, but rather to the racialist right.


(1) Julian Symonds, 1978, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe’, 1st Edition, Faber & Faber: London, p. 219; Kenneth Silverman, 1992, ‘Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-Ending Remembrances’, 1st Edition, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London, pp. 271-272; 405-406
(2) Terence Whalen, 1999, ‘Edgar Allan Poe: The Political Economy of Literature in Antebellum America’, 1st Edition, Princeton University Press: Princeton especially see pp. 111-146
(3) Quoted in Silverman, Op. Cit., p. 219
(4) Ibid, p. 149
(5) Symonds, Op. Cit., p. 204
(6) Silverman, Op. Cit., p. 405
(7) This is the evidence advanced by Silverman, Op. Cit., p. 512
(8) Ibid, p. 204; Jeffrey Meyers, 1992, ‘Edgar Allan Poe: His Life & Legacy’, 1st Editon, John Murray: London, p. 67
(9) G. Thompson, 1973, ‘Poe’s Fiction: Romantic Irony in the Gothic Tales’, 1st Edition, University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, pp. 45, 54, 79

B’Man Note: Poe is my favorite author since around the age of 11. I remember having books on the shelf (my Dad was a fan) when I was very young and became hooked after reading The Pit and The Pendulum. Knowing that Poe saw what I see now makes sense.

Original article found at Semitic Controversies

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5 thoughts on “Edgar Allan Poe, Race and the Jews by Karl Radl

  1. @”Open Defecation at LA Beach” video


    Disgusting. Did they at least cover the shit up with sand like a cat would? Why not just go directly in the ocean rather than make an appetizing spectacle of themselves? lol

    The best part of the video are the comments on you tube, they had me rolling on the floor:

    oma15 1 week ago
    · 35

    aaaaaaa 1 week ago
    · 18

    Tamo Daleko 5 hours ago
    wrong meme

    Michael Jackson 1 week ago
    · 34

    Tamo Daleko 5 hours ago

    Peter Posto 4 months ago
    Now we get thousands of these “beach shitters” every day as so-called “refutshies” in Europe. I’m so excited!
    · 44

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    Alex Eldritch 1 week ago (edited)
    That is the world will look like without whites.
    · 40

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    fuckakakaka 1 week ago
    +Khannea Sun Tzu how come countries without whites are more often full of poor, and uneducated people? you can’t blame european influence on not being able to shit in a toilet
    · 1

    flyer95311 1 week ago (edited)
    +Khannea Sun Tzu You can dig up the fucking hole, build a toilet around it and shit there. Even if you’re fucking poor and retarded.
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    unnerum 1 week ago
    Romans built the Cloaca Maxima over 2000 years ago. Just to put this into perspective.


  2. If all blacks were as intelligent as this pro-White-European Nigerian-American woman:

    We’d all be a lot better off, blacks and whites and everybody else. Her English is so fluent, you couldn’t tell she was black from her speech alone.


  3. When, long ago, the gods created Earth. In Jove’s fair image Man was shaped at birth.
    The beasts for lesser parts were next designed; Yet were they too remote from humankind.
    To fill the gap, and join the rest to Man, th’Olympian host conceiv’d a clever plan.
    A beast they wrought, in semi-human figure, filled it with vice, and called the thing a Nigger.

    H.P. Lovecraft – “On the Creation of Niggers” (1912)


  4. Hey BMan,

    I have resisted for over twenty years believing or saying that the NEGROES (from West Africa) are in fact the CANAANITES that the God of ABRAHAM commanded the sons of Jacob/ISRAEL to utterly destroy(but they disobeyed God). Even tho the historical depictions/pictures etc. for the most part shows them to be the NEGROES of today. For anyone to call them the Canaanites, is to say that they are soulless and nothing more than BEASTS of the field! But the way that the so called JEWS have used them and at the same time has elevated them to prominent positions in Hollywood and Government is in keeping with the ‘punishment’ against ISRAEL found in Deuteronomy 28. Those “strangers” are the JEWS and NEGROES.

    For E.A. Poe to say, …”that the idea of universal equality is complete imaginary nonsense”… is understanding beyond the B.S. and the multicultural “nonsense” that we have be feed for so long!

    God created ALL of Mankind, with each race serving a purpose, and each race benefiting from each others different purpose. All men are not created equal, but rather, ALL men are equally created for GODS purpose!

    But for reference…

    It is necessary to reduce, if not destroy, the tendency of Jewish people to practice a very great number of activities that are harmful to civilization and to public order in society in all the countries of the world.

    — Napoleon Bonaparte, 1808

    “We must realize that our party’s most powerful weapon is racial tensions. By propounding into the consciousness of the dark races that for centuries they have been oppressed by whites, we can mold them to the program of the Communist Party. In America we will aim for subtle victory. While inflaming the Negro minority against the whites, we will endeavor to instill in the whites a guilt complex for their exploitation of the Negroes. We will aid the Negroes to rise in prominence in every walk of life, in the professions and in the world of sports and entertainment. With this prestige, the Negro will be able to intermarry with the whites and begin a process which will deliver America to our cause.” Written in 1912 by Israel Cohen. He is from that TRIBE of EDOM (JEW)

    Rep. Thomas Abernathy read this passage into the Congressional Record on June 7, 1957 (Vol. 103, p. 8559, top of page.)


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