Edgar Allan Poe — “Sonnet — To Science”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Sonnet — To Science” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “[Untitled]” — 1829, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “[Untitled]” — 1829 — ATMP — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “Sonnet” — September 11, 1830 — Saturday Evening Post — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “[Untitled]” — 1831 — POEMS — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-05 — “Sonnet” — May 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-06 — “[Untitled]” — June 1841 — Graham’s  (included in “The Island of the Fay”) — (Mabbott text F)
  • Text-07 — “Sonnet — To Science” — February 25 - March 4, 1843 — Saturday Museum — (Mabbott text G)
  • Text-08 — “Sonnet — To Science” — August 2, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text H)
  • Text-09 — “Sonnet — To Science” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text J)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)

 

Reprints:

  • Sonnet” — October 1830 — The Casket — reprinted from Text-03  (Mabbott text C)
  • [Untitled]” — May 1831 —Casket  (This poem is quoted, along with two others, from Poe’s 1831 volume of Poems. According to Mabbott, Poems, 1:542, the brief introductory note is presumably by Poe’s friend Lambert A. Wilmer. Although the identical note appears in the Saturday Evening Post for May 21, 1831, only the poem “To Helen” is reprinted there, not the other two items, although “Sonnet to Science” has been printed in the Post several months earlier.)
  • “[Untitled]” — July 8, 1831 —Morning Courier and New-York Enquirer  (This poem is quoted, along with two others, from Poe’s 1831 volume of Poems. It is interesting that these are the same three poems as reprinted by the Casket for May 1831.)
  • Sonnet — To Science” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-10  (Mabbott text K)
  • “Sonnet to Science” — 1850 — Thomas Powell, The Living Writers of America, New York: Stringer and Townsend, 1850, p. 119 (apparently reprinted from the Saturday Museum)
  • “Sonnet — To Science” — August 2, 1865 — Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph (p. 6) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 161.)
  • “Sonnet — To Science” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:53)
  • “To Science” — 1889 — American Sonnets, ed. William Sharp, London, Walter Scott (p. 177)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “To Science” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:106, and p. 216)
  • Sonnet — To Science” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:22, and 10:156-157)
  • “Sonnet — To Science” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 98, and pp. 265-266)
  • “Sonnet — To Science” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 33-34, and pp. 169-170)
  • “Sonnet — To Science” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 24, and pp. 187-188)
  • Sonnet — To Science” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:90-92)
  • “Sonnet — To Science” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 38) (reprints Text-09)

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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:

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

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Bibliography:

  • Campbell, Killis, “Miscellaneous Notes on Poe,” Modern Language Notes, March 1913, 28:65-69
  • 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.
  • Holt, Palmer, “Notes on Poe’s ‘To Science,’ ‘To Helen,’ and ‘Ulalume’,” Bulletin of the New York Public Library, November 1959, 63:568-570
  • Jackson, David K., “A Typographical Error in the B Version of Poe’s ’sonnet — To Science’,” Poe Newsletter, June 1970, 3:21
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, “A Few Notes on Poe,” Modern Language Notes, June 1920, 35:372-374
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • Monteiro, George, “Edgar Allan Poe and the New Knowledge,” Southern Literary Journal, Spring 1972, 4:34-40
  • Sloan, David E. E., “Gothic Romanticism and Rational Empiricism in Poe’s ‘Berenice’,” American Transcendental Quarterly (Summer 1973), 19:19-26

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