Edgar Allan Poe — “The Man that was Used Up”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • Narrator (unnamed) - The narrator in this story is chiefly an observer. His name is not given.
  • Brevet Brigadier General John A. B. C. Smith - The hero of Bugaboo and Kickapoo Indian Wars; a downright fire-eater; prodigies of valor; why, he’s the man . . .
  • etc. - xx

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development.


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Man that was Used Up” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01  — “The Man that was Used Up” — 1839, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02  — “The Man that was Used Up” — August 1839 — Burton’s — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03  — “The Man that was Used Up” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04  — “The Man that was Used Up” — 1842 — TGAPP — (Mabbott text C)  (This version is a modified form of Text-03)
  • Text-05  — “The Man that was Used Up” — 1843 — PRRMS — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06  — “The Man That Was Used Up” — August 9, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text E) (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)

 

Reprints:

  • “The Man That Was Used Up” — September 12-13, 1845 — The Spirit of the Times
    • “The Man That Was Used Up” — Part I   (September 12, 1845)
    • “The Man That Was Used Up” — Part II  (September 13, 1845)
  • The Man that was Used Up” — 1856 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-06 (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • “The Man That Was Used Up” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 478-488 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “The Man That Was Used Up” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 2, pp. 549-559 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “The Man that was Used Up” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:44-57) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • The Man that was Used Up” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales II, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (3:259-272, and 3:335-338)
  • The Man that was Used Up” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:378-392)
  • “The Man That Was Used Up” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 307-316

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • The Man that was Used Up” — 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:

  • “The Man That Was Used Up” — September 9, 1843 — The New Mirror  (unauthorized abridgement from Text-05)
  • “Un homme usé” — 1862 — Contes inedts d‘Edgar Poe, Paris: J. Hetzel  (French translation by William L. Hughes)
  • “L‘homme tout usé” — 1914 — Edgar Poe: Histories étranges et Merrveilleuses, Paris: Mercure de France (French translation by M. D. Calvocoressi)
  • “L‘Homme dont il ne restait rien” — 1934 — Les Sphinx et autres contes bizarres par Edgar Poë, Paris: Galliard (French translation by Maurice Sachs)
  • “L‘Homme dont il ne restait rein” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier  (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)

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Bibliography:

  • Abel, Darrell, “Le Sage’s Limping Devil and Mrs. Bullfrog,” Notes & Queries, April 1953, 198:165-166.
  • Alekna, Richard A., “ ‘The Man That Was Used Up’: Further Notes on Poe’s Satirical Targets,” Poe Studies, 1979, 12:36
  • Curran, Robert T., “The Fashionable Thirties: Poe’s Satire in ‘The Man That Was Used Up’,” Markham Review, 1978, 8:14-20
  • Hatvary, George E., “Introduction,” Edgar Allan Poe’s Prose Romances: The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Man That Was Used Up (a photographic facsimile edition),  eds. George E. Hatvary and Thomas Ollive Mabbott, New York: St. John’s University Press,1968, pp. i-vi
  • 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, “Poe’s ‘The Man That Was Used Up’,” Explicator, April 1967, vol. 25, item 70
  • 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.
  • Mead, Joan Tyler, “Poe’s ‘The Man That Was Used Up’: Another Bugaboo Campaign,” Studies in Short Fiction, 1986, 23:281-286.
  • Mooney, Stephen L., “The Comic in Poe’s Fiction,” American Literature, January 1962, 33:433-441.
  • Pry, Elmer L., “A Folklore Source for ‘The Man That Was Used Up,” Poe Studies, 1975, 8:46
  • Purdy, S. B., “Poe and Dostoyevsky,” Studies in Short Fiction, Winter 1967, 4:169-171.
  • Rouge, Bertrand, “La Pratique des corps limites chez Poe: La Verite sur le cas de ‘The Man That Was Used Up,” Poetique, 1984, 15:473-488
  • Varner, Cornelia, “Notes on Poe’s Use of Contemporary Materials in Certain of his Stories,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology, January 1933, 32:77-80.
  • Wetzel, George, “The Source of Poe’s ‘The Man That Was Used Up’,” Notes & Queries, January 1953, 198:38.
  • Whipple, William, “Poe’s Political Satire,” University of Texas Studies in English, 1956, 35:81-95.
  • 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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