Edgar Allan Poe — “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

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  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — reading copy

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Reprints:

  • “Raising the Wind; or, Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — January 4, 1845 — British reprint of in Lloyd’s Entertaining Journal from Text-03)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — October 8, 1845, text “BA” — Boston Courier, p. 1, reprinted from Text-03. This reprint noted by Ljungquist, Victorian Periodicals Review, Fall 1995, p. 215n8, and K. Ljungquist, 1997, p. 195n24.)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — October 9, 1845 — Boston Semi-Weekly Courier (p. 4) (this reprint is noted by K. Ljungquist, p. 195n24.)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — October 11, 1845 — Albany Argus (Albany, NY) (from the Broadway Journal, and with Poe’s name, but with the text much abbreviated)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — October 15, 1845 — Utica Daily Gazette (Utica, NY)  (sold by the 19th Century Bookshop, 1992, item 182).
  • Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — 1856 — WORKS — (Mabbott text C)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 444-454 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 2, pp. 497-508 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:234-248) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 5: Tales IV, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (5:210-223, and 5:325)
  • Raising the Wind (Diddling)” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales & Sketches II, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (3:867-882)
  • “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 607-617

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “L‘escroquerie considérée comme science exacte” — 1885 — Oeuvres Choisies d‘Edgar Pöe, Paris: A. Hennuyer  (French translation by William L. Hughes)
  • “La filouterie considérée comme science exacte” — 1887 — Edgar Poë: Derniers Contes, Paris: Albert Savine  (French translation by Félix Rabbe)
  • ”De l‘escroquerie considerérée comme une des sciences exactes (battre monnaie)” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier  (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)

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Bibliography:

  • Edsall, Thomas, ed., The Poe Catalogue, Baltimore: The 19th Century Shop, 1992.
  • 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.
  • Ljungquist, Kent P. “Raising More Wind: Another Source for Poe’s ‘Diddling’ and its Possible Folio Club Context,” in Perspectives on Poe, ed. D. Ramakrishna, New Delhi: APC Publications, 1996, pp. 53-62. Reprinted in Essays in Art and Sciences (October 1997), 26:59-70.
  • Lungquist, Kent P., “ ‘Raising the Wind‘: Earlier Precedents,” Poe Studies (1994), 27:42.
  • Ljungquist, Kent. P., “ ‘Valdemar’ and the ‘Frogpondians‘: The Aftermath of Poe’s Boston Lyceum Appearance,” in Emersonian Circles: Essays in Honor of Joel Myerson, ed. Wesley T. Mott, Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 1997, pp. 181-206.
  • 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.
  • Pollin, Burton R., “Poe’s ‘Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences‘: The Sources of Title and Tale,” Southern Literary Journal (Fall 1969), 2:106-111.
  • Reilly, John E., “Poe’s ‘Diddling‘: Still Another Possible Source and Date of Composition,” Poe Studies (1992), 25:6-9.
  • Richard, Claude, “Poe and the Yankee Hero: An Interpretation of ‘Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences’,” Mississippi Quarterly (Spring 1968), 21:93-109.
  • Whalen, Terrence, “Poe’s ‘Diddling’ and the Depression: Notes on the Sources of Swindling,” Studies in American Fiction (1995), 23:195-201.
  • 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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