The Casket, or Flowers of Literature, Wit and Sentiment

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Title

The Casket, or Flowers of Literature, Wit and Sentiment

Publisher

Atkinson & Alexander

Date

January–November 1826

Coverage

Philadelphia

Subject

Volume 1, numbers 1–11

Description

In June 1824, Samuel C. Atkinson and Charles Alexander issued a small format periodical, The Casket, or Flowers of Literature, Wit & Sentiment, to provide “a choice collection of amusing articles.” In January 1826, it was resurrected as a magazine and soon became the most widely circulated monthly in America. The first issue featured an anonymous poem, later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, entitled “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas or Santa Claus.”