Edgar Allan Poe — “Bridal Ballad”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Bridal Ballad” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Ballad” — 1836, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Ballad” — January 1837 — Southern Literary Messenger — Text 02  (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this early version)
  • Text-03 — “Ballad” — July 31, 1841 — Saturday Evening Post — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Song of the Newly-Wedded” — March 4, 1843 — Saturday Museum  (part of a biographical article about Poe — this one poem does not appear in the February 25, 1843 printing) — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “Bridal Ballad” — August 2, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06 — “Bridal Ballad” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text E)  (For Griswold's 1850 reprint of this text, see under reprints, below.)
  • Text-07 — “Bridal Ballad” — 1849 — manuscript revisions in J. Lorimer Graham copy of RAOP — (Mabbott Text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for the final version)

 

Reprints:

  • “Ballad” — early 1837 — unidentified newspaper, probably Philadelphia or Pittsburgh (a clipping was saved in a scrapbook by Mrs. E. B. Henderson, who may have lived in or near New Castle, Pennsylvania. Another clipping is of “Rustic Courtship,” reprinted from the Southern Literary Messenger for February 1836. The title and text of “Ballad” match that printed in the Messenger, except for the almost certainly erroneous omission of “now” at the end of the final line of the second stanza. The poem carries the byline “BY E. A. POE,” and probably acknowledged the source, although that has been cut away in the clipping as preserved.)
  • “Bridal Ballad” — August 15, 1845 — Boston Post, p. 1 (reprinted with Poe’s name from the Broadway Journal)  (This reprint noted by K. Ljungquist, p. 195n24.)
  • Bridal Ballad” — about September 1849 — Richmond Examiner proof sheets — (the text given by Whitty matches Text 07 exactly. It may be surmised that the Examiner text was set from Poe’s copy of RAOP. Strangely, Whitty does not list the J. L. Graham copy of RAOP in his versions of this poem, although he does include two references to this volume in the variants.)
  • Bridal Ballad” — 1850 — WORKS — (Griswold reprints Text-06)  (Mabbott text G)
  • “Bridal Ballad” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:61)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Bridal Ballad” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:12-13, and pp. 159-162)
  • Bridal Ballad” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (7:81-82, and 7:198-199)
  • “Bridal Ballad” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (pp. 15-16, and pp. 201-204)
  • “Bridal Ballad” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 100-102, and pp. 234-235)
  • “Bridal Ballad” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (pp. 85-86, and pp. 251-252)
  • Bridal Ballad” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:304-310)  (Mabbott gives two texts)
  • “Bridal Ballad” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (pp. 74-75) (reprints the text from Stovall, 1965)

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

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Plain Text Files for Juxta:

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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

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Bibliography:

  • Caputi, Anthony, “The Refrain in Poe’s Poetry,” American Literature, May 1953, 25:169-178
  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Ljungquist, Kent. P., “ ‘Valdemar’ and the ‘Frogpondians’: The Aftermath of Poe’s Boston Lyceum Appearance,” in Emersonian Circles: Essays in Honor of Joel Myerson, ed. Wesley T. Mott, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 1997, pp. 181-206.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.

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