Edgar Allan Poe — “Alone” (“From childhood’s hour . . .”)


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Alone” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Original [Alone]” — about 1829 — manuscript — (Mabbott text A) (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)

 

Reprints:

  • “Alone” — September 1875 — Scribner’s Monthly Magazine (10:608) — (Mabbott text B) (The poem was printed as a facimile, but with the title and a date added. These adjustments, by Eugene L. Dider, caused some concern about the authenticity of the poem, concerns which have long since been dismissed.) (Although dated as September 1875, this periodical was almost certainly available by mid-August 1875, as confirmed by the following item.)
  • “Alone” — August 17, 1875 — Hartford Daily Courant (p. 2) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 161.)
  • “Alone” — August 29, 1875 — Baltimore Sunday News (this item is noted by W. T. Bandy.)
  • “Alone” — 1876 — Poems and Essays of Edgar Allan Poe (Ingram) (This is the American edition, published by W. J. Widdleton.) (In this edition, the poem has been inserted as an illustration, noted as such in the list of illustrations. It is essentially a copy of the facsimile from Scribner’s. It appears as tipped in on p. 115. It therefore presumably predates the release of the 4 volume edition. A one-volume edition of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, including Poetry and Prose, with a translated introduction by Baudelaire, also issued by Widdleton and dated 1876 on the title page and copyrighted in 1876, does not include the poem and probably came out earlier in 1876.)
  • Alone” — 1876 — Works (Ingram) (This is the American edition, published by W. J. Widdleton.) (In this edition, the poem has been set in type, appearing on p. 115.)
  • “Alone” — 1877 — Life and Poems, W. J. Widdleton (with a new memoir by E. L Didier) — (Mabbott text C)
  • “Alone” — 1926 — in Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe, by Hervey Allen, New York: George H. Doran Co, facsimile of the original MS, frontispiece (as given by Didier from Scribner’s)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Alone” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:138, and p. 237)
  • “Alone” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe: vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York, T. Y. Crowell, 1902 (Harrison includes it in an appendix titled “Poems Attributed to Poe,” 7:227, with the text reprinted from the facsimile in Scribner’s)
  • “From an Album (Alone)” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (p. 135, and pp. 282-283)
  • “Alone” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 139, and p. 299)
  • “Alone” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 129, and p. 290)
  • “Alone” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe - vol. I: Poems, ed. Thomas Ollive Mabbott, Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:145-147)
  • “Alone” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 60) (reprints the text from Mabbott, 1969)

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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:

  • “Seul” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)

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Bibliography:

  • Bandy, William T., “Poe’s ‘Alone’: The First Printing,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 1976, 70:405-406
  • Cauthen, Irby B., Jr., “Poe’s ‘Alone’: Its Background, Source, and Manuscript,” Studies in Bibliography, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1950, 3:284-291
  • 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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