The Port Folio

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The Port Folio
Port Folio Magazine Cover Page.jpg
Cover sheet of an 1804 issue
Editor Joseph Dennie, Asbury Dickens, Paul Allen, and Nicholas Biddle
Categories Politics and literature
Frequency Weekly
Year founded 1800
First issue January 3, 1801
Country United States
Based in Philadelphia

The Port Folio was a Philadelphia literary and political magazine, published 1801–1812 by Joseph Dennie and Asbury Dickens. Dennie wrote under the pen name of Oliver Oldschool. Many other contributors to the magazine wrote under pseudonyms, including members of the Federalist Party.[1] Paul Allen (February 15, 1775 – August 18, 1826), a graduate of Brown University, was hired about 1800 as an editor.[2] After Dennie's death in 1812, Nicholas Biddle, who was already a literary contributor and patron, became editor, but only until 1814. Charles Jared Ingersoll, a non-practicing lawyer, was also a contributor and patron.[3]


  • Ellis, Harold Milton. Joseph Dennie and His Circle: A Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812. Bulletin of the University of Texas, No. 40; Studies in English No. 3. Austin, TX: University of Texas, July 15, 1915; Rept. N.Y.: AMS Press, 1971. 285 pages.
  • Articles on poetry and satire during the period of Joseph Dennie's editorship:
  • Rothman, Irving N. "An Imitation of Boileau's Fourth Satire in the American Republic." Revue de Litérature Comparée 53 (Jan.-March 1979): 76-85. [The Port Folio]
  • —. "John Trumbull's Parody of Spenser's Epithalamium," The Yale University Library Gazette 47 (April 1973): 193-215. [The Port Folio]
  • —. Alexander Wilson's Forest Adventure: the Sublime and the Satirical in Wilson's Poem 'The Foresters.'" Journal of the Society in the Bibliography of Natural History [British Museum] 6 (1973):142-54. [The Port Folio]
  • —. “Niagara Falls and The Port Folio.” Aldus [Houston] 11 (November 1973): 242-54.
  • —. "Two Juvenalian Satires by John Quincy Adams." Early American Literature 6 (Winter 1972): 234-51. [The Port Folio]
  • —. "Structure and Theme in Samuel Ewing's Satire, the 'American Miracle,'" [in the Port Folio]. American Literature 40 (Nov. 1968):294-308. [The Port Folio]
  • —. “Verse Satire in the Port Folio, an Early American Magazine, Edited by Joseph Dennie, 1801-1812.” Diss. University of Pittsburgh, 1967 220pp.


  1. ^ Kerber, Linda K. Kerber; Walter John Morris (1966–07). "Politics and Literature: The Adams Family and the Port Folio". William and Mary Quarterly. Third Series 23 (3): 450–476. JSTOR 1919240. The most influential of early American magazines was the Port Folio, a journal of politics and literature published in Philadelphia by Joseph Dennie and Asbury Dickens between 1801 and 1812.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Cutright, Paul Russell (July 1982). Contributions of Philadelphia to Lewis and Clark History. Portland, Oregon: Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, Inc. pp. 33–35. ISBN 0-9678887-0-0. Paul Allen (1775–1826), a graduate of Brown University, had obtained employment with Port Folio" after coming to Philadelphia in about 1800. 
  3. ^ Burt, Nathaniel (1999). The Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. 370–371. ISBN 0-8122-1693-8.