| || “Mellonta Tauta” |
aka On Board Balloon “Skylark”
by Edgar Allan Poe
First publication: Godey’s Lady’s Book, Feb 1849
So just how did those letters from the year 2848 make their way back to Poe if not for time travel?
To the Editors of the Lady’s Book:—
I have the honor of sending you, for your magazine, an article which I hope you will be able to comprehend rather more distinctly than I do myself. It is a translation, by my friend, Martin Van Buren Mavis, (sometimes called the “Toughkeepsie Seer,”) of an odd-looking MS. which I found, about a year ago, tightly corked up in a jug floating in the Mare Tenebrarum—a sea well described by the Nubian geographer, but seldom visited now-a-days, except for the transcendentalists and divers for crotchets.