I have another discovery to report. It's not my fault if I make discoveries so often--this is one reason my books burgeoned out to become the massive tomes they did. They aren't filled with philosophy and theory, as people no-doubt assume. They are more like (as I gather, having glanced at it) Michael Cremo's "Forbidden Archaeology," which is crammed with evidence.
In my second video, presenting evidence that Mathew Franklin Whittier was the real author of "The Raven," the final piece, out of five, is a parody of Poe's poetry written by Mathew in the 1846 New York humor magazine, "Yankee Doodle." If you haven't watched these videos yet, the URL's are:
When I had first examined this magazine online, among other series which I felt intuitively drawn to was one by an Irishman, "Handy Andy." But a little research told me that an Irish author named Samuel Lover had published a novel entitled "Handy Andy" four years earlier; and that he was, in fact, touring the United States at this time. I reluctantly conceded that these contributions must have been his, and let it go.
Now, I am downloading a photographic volume of "Yankee Doodle"--page-by-page, since they won't let you download the entire book unless you are an academician whose institution has paid for the privilelge--and in the process, I'm scrutinizing each page for Mathew's work, as well. Coming upon "Handy Andy," it's obvious to me that this was his work, after all. I can prove it, logically--and I don't know how this could have escaped me, before--because Lover's and Mathew's respective rendering of Irish dialect is significantly different. In particular, Mathew portrays it with a lisp--words like "travellin'" and "trouble" are rendered, by him, as "thravelin'" and "thrubble." But Lover doesn't do this in his novel, "Handy Andy." Therefore, Mathew had obviously adopted this pseudonym in open tribute, which I have seen him do on other occasions.
The editor of "Yankee Doodle" appears to have been politically conservative, poking fun at prominent abolitionists, and at Mathew's own editor on the New York "Tribune," Horace Greeley. But they had a similar sense of humor. The relationship became strained, when Mathew published a lengthy series featuring "Joshua Greening" in that paper, as the paper was failing financially, and apparently Mathew was never paid for "Greening." This, I could ferret out from references to--and from--the Boston "Chronotype," which paper Mathew also contributed to.
The discovery which I present as the last of five pieces of evidence in my second video--the last of the 15 contained in both videos, in other words--is far more significant than this one. But this just illustrates two points: 1) that Mathew had an active presence in this magazine, and 2) that even if my gut feeling says that Mathew wrote a particular piece, if I find what I think is historical evidence to the contrary, I'll force myself to accept the seeming-inevitable conclusion. Which is to say I'm strictly honest in the research process.
Now what's needed is for people who consider my evidence, to be as honest with themselves as I have been, and to check themselves from going into denial when faced with uncomfortable, paradigm-threatening material.
It is always assumed, when a lay researcher's honesty is called into question, that the questioner is, him- or herself, honest. But this is often not the case, not if one means deep honesty--the kind of honesty which will risk extremely painful and confusing cognitive dissonance, in the sacred pursuit of the truth. This quality is as rare among skeptics, as it is among researchers. It is also, by the looks of things, extremely rare among the "penguins," as Sylvie Ivanovich calls the university professors, though perhaps I should give them more time.
Here is the page with offerings from "Handy Andy." The poem, which as you see is not rendered in Irish dialect, is typical of Mathew. Note especially its theme of brotherhood, which one can find elsewhere in Mathew's writing--most notably in his work for "The Odd Fellow," of which group he was a member. Note also the editor's explanation that the poem was actually written by a friend of "Handy Andy" and submitted along with the letter. This is Mathew's typical M.O., as I have explained in the videos.
Stephen Sakellarios, M.S.
Music opening this page, excerpt from an untitled Garage Band project by the author