Edgar Allan Poe — “Shadow — A Parable”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • Oinos (narrator) - The narrator of this story is the chiefly an observer.
  • Zolius - Under development.
  • etc. - Under development.

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development.


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Shadow — A Parable” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Shadow. A Fable” — 1835, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Shadow. A Fable” — September 1835 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “Shadow. A Fable” — about 1839 — manuscript revisions in Duane copy of Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Shadow. A Fable” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “Shadow. A Parable” — 1842 — TGAPP — (Mabbott text D)  (This version is a modified form of Text-04)
  • Text-06 — “Shadow. A Parable” — May 31, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text E) (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)

 

Reprints:

  • Shadow.— A Parable” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-06, with very minor editorial changes — (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • “Shadow.— A Parable” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 3-5 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Shadow.— A Parable” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 210-212) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Shadow — A Parable” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (1:125-128)
  • Shadow — A Parable” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (2:1-147-150, and 2:355)
  • Shadow — A Parable” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:187-187)
  • “Shadow — A Parable” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 218-220

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Comparative and Study Texts:

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • ”Ombre” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • ”L‘Ombre” — August 5, 1854 — Le Pays
    • ”Ombre” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “Sombras” — September 24, 1858 — La América, vol. II  (Spanish translation, noted by Englekirk, p. 482)
  • “Shadow” — 1962 — a reading by James Mason, issued as a Lively Arts LP (LA-30006)
  • “Shadow — A Parable” — 1969 — a reading by Martin Donegan as part of volume III of Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, issued on the CMS Records label (CMS-567)
  • “Shadow — A Parable” — 2010 — Audio book, read by Chris Aruffo

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Bibliography:

  • Burduck, Michael M., “Justifying the Ways of Death to Men: Milton’s Influence on Poe’s ’shadow — A Parable’ and ’silence — A Fable’,” in Perspectives on Poe, ed. D. Ramakrishna, New Delhi: APC Publications, 1996, pp. 181-190
  • DeFalco, Joseph, “The Sources of Terror in Poe’s ’shadow — A Parable’,” Studies in Short Fiction, Fall 1969, 6:643-649
  • Englekirk, John Eugene, Edgar Allan Poe in Hispanic Literature, New York: Instituto De Las Espanas, 1934.
  • 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 (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.
  • 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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