Edgar Allan Poe — “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • (narrator) - Under development.

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development.


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

 

Reprints:

  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — March 23, 1844 — Baltimore Weekly Sun  (This reprint is noted in the evening edition of the Sun of the same date (p. 2, col. 2), but no copy of the Weekly Sun of this period appears to have survived. The UMI microfilm of this title omits all of 1844 entirely, with no apparent copies to use for sometime in 1842 - about 1848. The comment in the Evening Sun begins: “A TALE OF THE RAGGED MOUNTAINS, from the ever entertaining pen of Edgar A. Poe, Esq., occupies the first columns of the Weekly Sun, this morning, which by the way is an excellent number, in the value and interest of its contents. Besides the above capital tale, there is a mass of Domestic news . . . .”)
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1844 — Spirit of the Times
    • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — Part I — March 27, 1844
    • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — Part II — March 28, 1844
    • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — Part III — March 29, 1844
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — April 27, 1844 — Columbia Spy  (Columbia, PA) (Vol. XV., no. 1, p. 1, cols. 2-6) (noted in the byline as “By Edgar A. Poe“ and at the end “— Lady’s Book,” from which it was reprinted)
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1846 — Brooklyn Daily Eagle and King’s County Democrat [Mabbott notes the editor of this journal at the time as Walt Whitman (Mabbott, Tales, 1978, p. 939)]
    • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — Part I  October 9, 1846
    • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — Part II  October 10, 1846
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-03 (Mabbott text D)
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1852 — Tales and Sketches: to which is added The Raven: A Poem, London, George Routledge & Co.
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 15-25 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 222-233) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (1:283-296)
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 5: Tales IV, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (5:163-176, and 5:322-323)
  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales & Sketches II, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (3:935-953)
  • “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 655-665

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” — comparative text (“Godey” manuscript) (This comparative text shows the changes Poe made on the manuscript)

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “[A Tale of the Ragged Mountains]” — 1855 — Fortaellinger [Tales] (Copenhagen)  (Danish translation, noted by Anderson, p. 14)
  • ”Une aventure dans les montagnes rugueuses” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • ”Une aventure dans les montagnes rocheuses” — December 11, 1852 — L‘Illustration
    • ”Une aventure dans les montagnes rugueuses” — July 26, 1854 — Le Pays
    • ”Souvenirs de M. Auguste Bedloe” — 1856 — Histoires extraordinaires, Paris: Michel Lévy frères

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Bibliography:

  • Anderson, Carl L., Poe in Northlight: The Scandanavian Response to His Life and Work, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1973.
  • Austin, Henry, “Poe as a Plagiarist and his Debt to Macaulay,” Literature (New York, NY), vol. II, no. 30, August 4, 1899, pp. 82-84
  • Carter, Boyd, “Poe’s Debt to Charles Brockden Brown,” Prairie Schooner, Summer 1953, 27:190-196
  • Cobb, Palmer, “The Influence of E. A. T. Hoffman on the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe,” Studies in Philology, 1908, 3:1-104
  • Cobb, Palmer, “Poe and Hoffman,” South Atlantic Quarterly, January 1909, 8:68-81
  • Falk, Doris V. “Poe and the Power of Animal Magnetism,” Publications of the Modern Language Association (May 1969), 84:526-546.
  • 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.
  • Isani, Mukhtar Ali, “Some Sources for Poe’s ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains’,” Poe Newsletter, December 1972, 5:38-40
  • Lind, Sidney, “Poe and Mesmerism,” Publications of the Modern Language Association (Dec. 1947), 62:1077-1094.
  • 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.
  • Pittman, Diana, “ ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains’,” Southern Literary Messenger, September 1941, 3:422-431 (this is the new version of the original journal)
  • Thompson, G. Richard, “Is Poe’s ‘A Tale of the Ragged Mountains’ a Hoax?,” Studies in Short Fiction, Summer 1969, 6:454-460
  • Weissuch, Ted N., “Edgar Allan Poe: Hoaxer in the American Tradition,” New York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin, July 1961, 45:291-309
  • 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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