Edgar Allan Poe’s Writings in Godey’s Lady’s Book


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These items are arranged chronologically, divided by volumes as defined by the periodical.

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  Vol. VIII (Jan.-June 1834);   Vol. XXVIII (Jan.-June 1844);   Vol. XXIX (July-Dec. 1844);   Vol. XXX (Jan.-June 1845;)   Vol. XXXI (July-Dec. 1845);   Vol. XXXII (Jan.-June 1846);   Vol. XXXIII (July-Dec. 1846);   Vol. XXXV (July-Dec. 1847);   Vol. XXXVIII (Jan.-June 1849

 


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Edgar Allan Poe’s Writings in Godey’s Lady’s Book

The volumes of Godey’s Lady’s Book followed the usual approach of two volumes each year, with periods running from January-June and July-December.


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1834 - January (vol. VIII, no. 1)

  • Tale - “The Visionary” (first printing) (pp. 40-43)  (This tale includes the poem “To One in Paradise.” The story was later retitled “The Assignation.”)

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1844 - April (vol. XVIII, no. 4)

  • Tale - “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” (first printing) (pp. 177-181)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.” The list of contents given on the back cover of the original paper wrappers includes “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains, by Edgar A. Poe.” Poe’s name also appears in the list of contributors to the issue.)

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1844 - September (vol. XXIX, no. 3)

  • Tale - “The Oblong Box” (first printing) (pp. 132-136)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.” The list of contents given on the back cover of the original paper wrappers includes “The Oblong Box, by Edgar A. Poe.” Poe’s name also appears in the list of contributors to the issue.)

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1844 - November (vol. XXIX, no. 5)

  • Tale - “Thou Art the Man!” (first printing) (pp. 219-224)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.” The list of contents given on the back cover of the original paper wrappers includes “ ‘Thou Art the Man!’ by Edgar A. Poe.” Poe’s name also appears in the list of contributors to the issue.)

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1845 - February (vol. XXX, no. 2)

  • Tale - “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” (first printing) (pp. 61-67)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.” The list of contents given on the back cover of the original paper wrapper includes “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade, by Edgar A. Poe.” Poe is also listed as one of the “Contributors of Articles in this Number.”)

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Vol. XXXI (July - December, 1845)

(There is an error in page numbering in the original issue of August, 1845, which begins at page 37 when it should begin at page 49. This error is continued through the rest of the volume.)

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1845 - August (vol. XXXI, no. 2)

  • Misc. - “Marginal Notes — No. I”  (pp. 49-51) (first printing of this installment. This is the first of the installments to appear in Godey’s, and the third of the full series. The sub-title reads, “A Sequel to the ‘Marginalia’ of the ‘Democratic Review’.” The list of contents given on the back cover of the original paper wrappers includes “Marginal Notes, No. I, by Edgar A. Poe.” Poe’s name also appears in the list of contributors to the issue.)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.”)

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1845 - September (vol. XXXI, no. 3)

  • Misc. - “Marginal Notes — No. II”  (pp. 120-123) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment. This is the second of the installments to appear in Godey’s, and the fourth of the full series. As with the prior installment, the sub-title reads, “A Sequel to the ‘Marginalia’ of the ‘Democratic Review’.”)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.”)

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1845 - November (vol. XXXI, no. 5)

  • Criticism - Review of C. Mathews - Big Abel and the Little Manhattan   (pp. 218-219)  (signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.” The front cover of the original paper wrappers includes a note of “Criticisms, by E. A. Poe, ESQ.” The list of contents given on the back wrapper includes “Big Abel and the Little Manhattan, by Edgar A. Poe.” Oddly, Poe’s name does not appear in the list of contributors to the issue.)

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1845 - December (vol. XXXI, no. 6)

  • Criticism - Review of E. Oakes Smith - The Poetical Writings   (pp. 261-265)  (The article is titled, “Literary Criticism,” and signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.”)

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1846 - January (vol. XXXII, no. 1)

  • Criticism - Review of W. G. Simms - The Wigwam and the Cabin   (pp. 41-42) (The article is titled, “Literary Criticism,” and signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.”)

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1846 - February (vol. XXXII, no. 2)

  • Criticism - Review of Mary Hewitt - The Songs of Our Land   (pp. 90-91)  (The article is titled, “Literary Criticism,” and signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.”)

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1846 - March (vol. XXXII, no. 3)

  • Criticism - Review of F. S. Osgood - Wreath of Wild Flowers from New England   (pp. 134-139)  (The article is titled, “Literary Criticism,” and signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.” The front cover of the original paper wrappers includes a note of “Criticisms, by E. A. Poe, Esq.” The list of contents given on the back wrapper includes “Literary Criticism, by Edgar A. Poe.” Poe’s name also appears in the list of contributors to the issue.)

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1846 - April (vol. XXXII, no. 4)

  • Criticism - Review of W. C. Bryant - Complete Poetical Works   (pp. 182-186) (review)  (The article is titled, “Literary Criticism,” and signed as, “by Edgar A. Poe.”)

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1846 - May (vol. XXXII, no. 5)

  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City” (pp. 194-201) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment) (The subtitle of this series is, “Some Honest Opinions at Random Respecting Their Authorial Merits, with Occasional Words of Personality.” It is signed, “By Edgar A. Poe.”)  (The front cover of the original paper wrappers notes “Critical opinions of the New York Literati, by Edgar A. Poe.” The back wrapper notes: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes, The Literati of New York City.”) (This is the first of six installments of the series.)

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1846 - June (vol. XXXII, no. 6)

  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City — No. II” (pp. 266-272) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment)   (The front cover of the original paper wrappers notes “Critical opinions of the New York Literati, by Edgar A. Poe.” The back wrapper notes: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes, The Literati of New York City, No. II.”) (This is the second of six installments of the series.)
  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City — No. I” (pp. 289-296) (miscellaneous, reprint of the first installment of the series.)

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1846 - July (vol. XXXIII, no. 1)

  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City — No. III” (pp. 13-19) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment)  (The front cover of the original paper wrappers notes “Critical opinions of the New York Literati, by Edgar A. Poe.” The back wrapper notes: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes, The Literati of New York City, No. III.”) (This is the third of six installments of the series.)

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1846 - August (vol. XXXIII, no. 2)

  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City — No. IV” (pp. 72-78) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment)  (The front cover of the original paper wrappers notes “Critical opinions of the New York Literati, by Edgar A. Poe.” The back wrapper notes: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes, The Literati of New York City, No. IV.”) (This is the fourth of six installments of the series.)
  • Essays - “A Few Words on Etiquette” (?) (pp. 87-88) (article) (attributed to Poe by Mabbott, but now rejected from the canon)

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1846 - September (vol. XXXIII, no. 3)

  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City — No. V” (pp. 126-133) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment) (The front cover of the original paper wrappers notes “Critical opinions of the New York Literati, by Edgar A. Poe.” The back wrapper notes: “No. 5 of Edgar A. Poe’s Papers on the Literati of New York City” and in the table of contributors and contents: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes, The Literati of New York City, No. V.”) (This is the fifth of six installments of the series.)

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1846 - October (vol. XXXIII, no. 4)

  • Misc - “The Literati of New York City — No. VI” (pp. 157-162) (miscellaneous, first printing of this installment)  (The front cover of the original paper wrappers does not mention Poe, but the back wrapper notes: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes, The Literati of New York City, No. VI.”) (This is the final of six installments of the series.)

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1846 - November (vol. XXXIII, no. 5)

  • Tale - “The Cask of Amontillado”  (pp. 216-218) (tale, first printing) (The front cover of the original paper wrappers does not mention Poe, but the back wrapper notes: “Edgar A. Poe Contributes The Cask of Amontillado.”)

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1847 - November (vol. XXXV, no. 5)

  • Criticism - “Tale-Writing — Nathaniel Hawthorne”  (pp. 252-256) (review)   (review of Mosses from an Old Manse.)

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1849 - February (vol. XXXVIII, no. 2)

  • Tale - “Mellonta Tauta”  (pp. 133-138) (tale, first printing)

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Notes:

In the Godey’s Lady’s Book issue for December 1849 (pp. 417-419), appear a purported letter and poem by Poe. The poem is called “The Lady Hubbard.” This article was intended as a light-hearted hoax and neither item is really by Poe at all.

 

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