Edgar Allan Poe — “Spirits of the Dead”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Spirits of the Dead” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Visit of the Dead” — 1827, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Visit of the Dead” — 1827 — TAOP — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this version)
  • Text-03 — “The Spirits of the Dead” — about 1828  — “Wilmer” manuscript — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Spirits of the Dead”— 1829 — ATMP — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “Spirits of the Dead” — July 1839 — Burton’s — (unsigned)  (Mabbott text D)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this version)

 

Reprints:

  • “Spirits of the Dead” — March 12, 1864 — Roll Call (a publication of the Washington Sanitary Fair) (This item is cited by T. O. Mabbott in the introduction to his facsimile of Tamerlane and Other Poems, p. lx, and in his 1969 edition of Poe’s Poems, p. 71.)
  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1877 — The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. E. L. Didier, New York: W. J. Widdleton (pp. 246-247) (This poem had not been collected by Griswold, Ingram or Stoddard)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:128-129, and 10:226-227)
  • Spirits of the Dead” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (7:13-14, and 7:148-149)
  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (pp. 120-121, and pp. 272-273)
  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 23-25, and pp. 158-160)
  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (pp. 15-16, and pp. 179-180)
  • Visit of the Dead” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:70-72) (Mabbott gives the early version of the poem along with “Spirits of the Dead.”)
  • Spirits of the Dead” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:72-73)
  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (pp. 32-33) (reprints Text-05)

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • None

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Les esprits des morts” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)
  • “Spirits of the Dead” — 1999 - atmospheric audio recoding, read by Larry Moss and with organ accompaniment (CD titled “Tales from the Tomb: Frigtening Fables from the Darkside,” Laserlight Digital) (included on the same recording is “The Raven” and 8 selections of works that are not by Poe)

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Bibliography:

  • 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.
  • 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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