Text: Robert A. Stewart (ed. J. A. Harrison), “Notes to How to Write a Blackwood Article,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan PoeVol. II: Tales - part 01 (1902), pp. 391-395


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[HOW TO WRITE A BLACKWOOD ARTICLE (THE SIGNORA ZENOBIA)], AND [A

PREDICAMENT (THE SCYTHE OF TIME).]

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, DECEMBER, 1838; 1840; BROADWAY JOURNAL, II. l.

The text follows the Broadway Journal.

Griswold shows some variations in spelling and punctuation from Broadway Journal.

1840 was revised from the American Museum state, but comparatively few verbal changes were made.

In the Broadway Journal both pieces appear with changed title, and in a considerably revised state.

Variations of American Museum from the text.

Title: — The Psyche Zenobia: — Page 269 l. 6 soul,” (soul” —) l. 6 and (— and) l. 6 our (our original) l. 7 undoubtedly (o.) l. 11 colored (coloured) l. 13 wasn’t (was’nt) l. 19 Mem (Mem:) page 270 l. 2 queen — (o. d.) l. 4 — and (o. d.) l. 13 Regular, (—) l. 13 Tea, (—) l. 13 Belles, (—) l. 15 , Civilize, (o. c.) l. 29 Regular, (—) l. 30 Tea, (—) l. 30 Belles, (—) page 271 l. 3 the Doctor (Dr. Moneypenny) l. 17 stigmatise (stigmatize) l. 24 say, (o. c.) l. 27 . We (, we) [page 392:] l. 34 tailor’s (o. h.) page 272 l. 6 Times — (,) l. 27 place (place) page 273 l. 1 pen, — (,) l. 3 when (where) l. 16-21-22-31-32 ‘. . .’ (“. . .”) l. 18 of (of tact,) page 274 l. 2-5 ‘. . .’ (“. . . ”) l. 26 instance, — (—) l. 31 misadventure (mis-adventure) page 275 l. 5 so; — (—) l. 7 Brandreth’s (Morrison’s) l. 17 Somehow (Some how) l. 17 thus — (.) l. 29 one. (one — but requires some skill in the handling. The beauty of this lies in a knowledge of inuendo. Hint all, and assert nothing. If you desire to say ‘bread and butter,’ do not by any means say it outright. You may say anything and everything approaching to “‘bread and butter.’” You may hint at “‘buck- wheat cake,’” or you may even go so far as to insinuate “‘oat-meal porridge,’” but, if “‘bread and butter’” is your real meaning, be cautious, my dear Miss Psyche, not on any account to say “‘bread and butter!’” Then par. III.) page 276 l. 31 He . . . and (He kissed) l. 31 continued: (.) Then begin page 276 l. 8. l. 9 more — (,)1. 9-10 transcendental (metaphysical) l. 10 the (, the) l. 14 the ‘Dial.’ (“‘The Sorrows of Werther ‘”) l. 14 After “way “ insert: If you know any big words this is your chance for them. Talk of the academy and the lyceum, and say something about the Ionic, and Italic schools, or about Bossarion, and Kant, and Schelling, and Fichte, and be sure you abuse a man called Locke, and bring in the words a priori and a posteriori. After “above” begin l. 3 page 277 “(o.) l. 5 portion, — (,) l. 5 fact, (o. c.) l. 5 , is (o. c.) l. 5 soul (soul,) l. 9 it is (is it) l. 12 (o.) l. 14 (o.) l. 24 (o.) l. 25 Aoede (and Aoede) l. 31 (o.) page 278 l. 11 Java, (o. c.) l. 17 Expressions (s. l. ) l. 19 intimate (imtimate) l. 24 , and (o. c.) l. 28-30 [Zaïre] (o. a.) page 279 l. 3 [Zaïre] (o. a.) l. 4 Ven (Van) l. 7 [à] (o. a.) l. 9 , O (o. c.) l. 15 Il (I’l) l. 15 sen’ (se’n) l. 16 ed (e) l. 25 so (no) page 280 l. 1 ( (, ( ) l. 2 wouldn’t (would’ nt) l. 5 mosaïques (o. a.) l. 6 — Write (write) l. 10 , — ignoratio (. Ignoratio) l. 13 fellow [page 393:] (fellow, you perceive,) l. 14 address (addressed) l. 15 didn’t (did’nt) l. 28 (o.) l. 28 — from (o. d.) l. 29 Demosthenes, (—) l. 29 [[Greek text]] (Greek text) l. 29 [[Greek text]] (Greek text) l. 30 pheugon (pheogon) page 281 l. 6 short, (o. c.) l. 6 there is (there’s) l. 14 (o.) l. 21 but (but,) l. 21 offer . . . only (only offer) page 282 l. 13 have (have,) l. 14 upon (, upon).

THE SCYTHE OF TIME. (TITLE IN AMERICAN MUSEUM.)

No motto. Page 283 l. 8 Alas, (!) l. 14 — continued (o. d.) l. 14 yes, (o. c.) page 284 l. 6 — I (, I) l. 7 — I (, I) l. 10 things, (o. c.) l. 18 her tail, (, her tail) l. 21 negro (nigger) l. 21 — sweet (o. d.) page 285 l. 8 that (cap.) l. 9 Signora (Seignora) l. 19 and Fiddling (and Singing) l. 23 , I (o. c.) l. 34 doubt, (o. c.) page 286 l. 4 vestibule! (.) l. 5 Alfred (Alceus) l. 5 passed, (o. c.) l. 8 Yes, (o. c.) l. 8 up (up,) l. 9 up (up,) l. 10 , with (o. c.) l. 19 — no (No) l. 22 At once (o.) page 287 l. 5 depends! (.) l. 6 then (and then) l. 26 filthy (the filthy,) l. 26 and (the) l. 27 and (, and) page 288 l. 26 aperture, (o. c.) l. 28 Now, (o. c.) l. 29 Now, (o. c.) l. 30 hand (, hand) l. 32 everything (every thing) page 289 l. 5 beefsteak (Zaire) l. 11-12 Edinburgh (Edinburg) l. 14 , sat (o. c.) page 290 l. 10 ennemy-werry (ennemy werry) l. 13 when (with Pompey, when) l. 32 endeavored (endeavoured) page 291 l. 2 aid: (,) l. 4 Diana; (,) l. 26 ears, (—) page 292 l. 1-2 endeavor (endeavour) l. 16 eyes, (o. c.) l. 19 and, (o. c.) page 293 l. 20 , for . . . seconds, (o. c.) l. 24 — nay, (, nay,) l. 32 endeavoring (endeavouring) page 294 l. 7-8 it quoted . . . Ariosto (it compared me to the hero in Ariosto, who, in the heat of combat, not perceiving that he was dead, continued to fight valiantly dead as he was. I remember that it used the precise words of the poet.) After this begin page 293 l. 13 “There was” etc. l. 21 disappeared (— I never saw him again) l. 22 (o.) l. 24 [page 394:] to the (to the cur-tailed, the) l. 29 — is (? Is — is) page 295 l. 2 heavens (cap.) l. 3-4 (o.) l. 4 she! (! —) l. 9 behalf, (!).

Variations of 1840 from American Museum.

Page 269 l. 9 sky-blue (o. h.) l. 19 Mem: (Mem) page 270 l. 2 So (s. l. ) l. 30 Tea — (,) page 271 l. 17 stigmatise (stigmatize) l. 19 endeavor (endeavour) l. 24 say, (o. c.) l. 25 , upon (o. c.) l. 27 We (, we) page 272 l. 6 — then (,) l. 25 colored (coloured) l. 26 — My (o. d.) page 273 l. 16 etc. ‘ ’ (“ ”) page 274 l. 5 by-the-bye (by the bye) l. 31 mis (mis-) page 275 l. 19 thus: (.) l. 20 snappish (cap.) page 276 l. 31 continued: (.) page 391 l. 21-22 Coleridge’s Table-Talk (‘The Sorrows of Werter’) l. 24 Academy (s. l. ) l. 24 Lyceum (s. l.) page 277 l. 1 , pertinent (and pertinent) l. 5 soul (soul,) l. 5 business, (o. c.) page 278 l. 5 others (others,) l. 11 Java, (o. c.) l. 24 , and (o. c.) page 280 l. 1 (or (, (or) l. 13 fellow) (fellow, you perceive,) l. 15 and (o.) l. 23 Silius Italicus (Longinus) l. 24 thoughts, (o. c.) l. 28 “In (In) l. 30 [[Greek text]] (Greek text) page 28 1 l. 6 short, (o. c.) page 284 l. 22 negro! — (nigger!) page 285 l. 8 that (cap.) l. 14 colored (coloured) l. 34 doubt, (o.c.) page 286 l. 3 colored (coloured) l. 19 no (. No) l. 21 — I (.) l. 22 — Diana (.) page 287 l. 5 depends! (.) page 288 l. 26 , Pompey (o. c.) l. 28 Now, (o. c.) l. 29 other (other,) page 289 l. 14 measure, (o. c.) page 290 l. 19 explicit (express) l. 19 bind- (o. h.) l. 32 endeavored (endeavoured) l. 33 iron (iron-) page 291 l. 1 aid; (,) l. 27 Dr. Morphine (Dr. Ollapod) l. 30 presently (presently,) page 292 l. 1-2 endeavor (endeavour) l. 9 Cervantes: (.) l. 16 eyes, (o. c.) l. 19 and, (o. c.) l. 27 behavior (behaviour) page 293 l. 31 endeavoring (endeavouring) page 392 l. 33 poet! (.) page 293 l. 19 endeavoring (endeavouring) l. 22 Demosthenes — (o. d.) page 295 l. 4 She!” (!). [page 395:]

Variations of Griswold from text.

Page 269 l. 1 everybody (every body) l. 3 Nobody (No body) page 271 l. 12 the (, the) l. 1 7 stigmatise (stigmatize) l. 19 endeavour (endeavor) page 272 l. 7 , and (o. c.) l. 25 coloured (colored) page 273 l. 1 3 any (an) page 274 l. 5 bye (by) page 275 l. 6 hacknied (hackneyed) l. 12 , to (o. c.) l. 19 thus . (:) l. 33 called (named) page 276 l. 4 [reinen] (reinem) l. 5 [Aufangsgründe] (o. a.) page 277 l. 5 , — in (? —) l. 7 lady (lady,) l. 8 book (book-) l. 8 has (, has) l. 8 book worm (book-worm) l. 1 3 ordinary (ordinary-) page 278 l. 28-30 and page 279 l. 3 [Zaïre] (o. a.) l. 4 [Ven] (Van) l. 7 [á] (o. a.) l. 15 [sen’] (se’n) l. 16 [ed] (e) l. 17 , — from (—) l. 25 [so] (no) l. 29 apostrophising (apostrophizing) page 280 l. 4 [mosa’iques] (mosaiques) l. 6 ,) () ,) l. 10 ), (,)) l. 29-30 accents supplied by Ed. l. 29 [Greek text] (Greek text) l. 30 [Greek text] (Greek text) l. 30 .] (].) page 282 l. 2 bull (bull-) l. 13 , otherwise (otherwise) l. 14 , upon (o. c.) l. 17 Edinburgh (Edinburg) l. 25-26 happened, (o. c).

PREDICAMENT.

Page 284 l. 3 am (am always) l. 16 ribband (riband) page 285 l. 9 Signora (Seignora) l. 19 , and (o. c.) page 286 l. 4 vestibule! (.) l. 8 up (up,) page 288 l. 22 lay, (o. c.) page 289 l. 21 key (key-) page 290 l. 4 replied, (o. c.) l. 7 words (words,) l. 33 upwards (upward) page 291 l. 19 and (o. c.) page 292 l. 27 behavior (behavior) page 293 l. 24 nay (nay,) l. 27 I , (o. c.) page 294 l. 10 morty, (;) l. 25 , the (o. c.) l. 26 eyes! (?) page 295 l. 1 Hearken (Harken).

 


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