Edgar Allan Poe — “Morella”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • Narrator (unnamed) - The narrator in this story is chiefly an observer, but integral to connecting the two parts of the story as he outlives his wife.
  • Morella - The main protagonist, the wife of the narrator.
  • Morella - The daughter of Morella and the narrator. She is named only years after her mother has died.

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development.


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Morella” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Morella” — about 1835 — unfinished “Simmons” manuscript — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this early version)
  • Text-02 — “Morella” — 1835 — no original manuscript of the complete form, or fragments, are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-03)
  • Text-03 — “Morella” — April 1835 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Morella” — late 1839 — TGA (1840) — (Mabbott text C)  (Although the imprint date is 1840, this book was available by early December 1839. Although it appeared after Text-05, it presumably represents a slightly earlier form.)
  • Text-05 — “Morella” — November 1839 — Burton’s — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06 — “Morella” — 1842 — TGAPP — (Mabbott text E)  (This version is a modified form of Text-05)
  • Text-07 — “Morella” — June 21, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text F) (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)
  • Text-08 — “Morella” — 1848 — manuscript revisions in Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text G)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for the final version)

 

Reprints:

  • Morella” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-07  (Mabbott text H)
  • “Morella” — 1852 — Tales and Sketches: to which is added The Raven: A Poem, London, George Routledge & Co.
  • “Morella” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 469-474 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Morella” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 388-393 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Morella” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (1:174-181)
  • Morella” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (2:27-34, and 2:318-323)
  • Morella” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:221-237)
  • “Morella” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 234-239

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • Morella” — comparative text (TGAPP) (This comparative text shows the changes Poe made in manuscript in his own copy of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque in 1842, the intended new edition being called Phantasy Pieces.)

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Morella” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “Morella” — November 14-15, 1853 — Paris
      • “Morella” — Part I  (November 14, 1853)
      • “Morella” — Part II  (November 15, 1853)
    • “Morella” — September 18, 1854 — Le Pays
    • “Morella” — 1856 — Histoires extraordinaires, Paris: Michel Lévy frères

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Bibliography:

  • Dumoulié, Camille, “Des signes d‘inquiétante étrangeté,” Nouvelle revue francaise, 1994, 493:71-79 and 494:102-110
  • 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 C., “Poe and H. N. Coleridge’s Greek Classic Poets: ‘Pinakidia,’ ‘Politian’ and ‘Morella’ Sources, American Literature, March 1962, 34:8-30
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, “The Source of the Title of Poe’s ‘Morella’,” Notes & Queries, January 9, 1937, 172:26-27
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.
  • Neale, Walter G., “The Source of Poe’s ‘Morella’,” American Literature, May 1937, 9:237-239
  • Richmond, Lee J., “Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Morella’: Vampire of Volition,” Studies in Short Fiction, Winter 1972, 9:93-95
  • Sandler, S. Gerald, “Poe’s Indebtedness to Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding,” Bucknell University Studies in English, Summer 1961, 5:107-121
  • Wyllie, John Cooke, “A List of the Texts of Poe’s Tales,” Humanistic Studies in Honor of John Calvin Metcalf, Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1941, pp. 322-338.

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