Edgar Allan Poe — “Elizabeth”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Elizabeth” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Elizabeth” — about 1829 — manuscript — (Mabbott text A) (The manuscript was originally owned by Elizabeth Herring, Poe’s cousin, and is next seen in the collection of William Nelson, of Patterson New Jersey. Nelson’s collection was sold by Stan V. Henkles (Philadelphia) along with that of Harold Peirce, May 5-6, 1903 (item 959), where the manuscript was purchased for $175.00. It eventually emerged in the collection of H. Bradley Martin. When the Martin collection was sold in 1990, the manuscript was purchased for $18,000.)



  • “Elizabeth” — May 5-6, 1903 — Stan V. Henkel’s (Philadelphia) sale catalog (Wm. Nelson) (item 959) (the poem is described as “An Unpublished Manuscript Poem, by Poe,” and the first four lines are transcribed)
  • “Elizabeth” — April 1959 — Col. Richard Gimbel, “Quoth the Raven: An Exhibition of the Works of Edgar Allan Poe,” Yale University Library Gazette, vol. 33, no. 4 (facing p. 144) (prints a photographic facsimile, although somewhat indistinct)
  • “Elizabeth” — January 30-31, 1990 — Sotheby’s (NY) sale catalog (H. B. Martin) (item 2218) (prints a transcript and a photographic facsimile of the manuscript)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Elizabeth” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (p. 140)
  • “Elizabeth” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 136, and p. 297)
  • “Elizabeth” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 130, and pp. 290-291)
  • Elizabeth” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:147-149)
  • “Elizabeth” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 61) (reprints the text from Whitty, 1911)


Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • None


Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • None.



  • 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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