Edgar Allan Poe — “Mesmeric Revelation”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • (narrator) - Under development.

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development. (See also “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar,” to which the present story is closely related.)


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1844, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Mesmeric Revelation” — August 1844 — Columbian Magazine — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-04 — “Mesmeric Revelation” — August 18, 1844 — a corrected copy of Text-02, sent to J. R. Lowell, but now lost and not recorded — (Poe hoped that Lowell would get a copy of the corrected tale printed in Brother Jonathan or the Boston Notion, but no such publication of the tale seems to have occurred. The changes Poe made were presumably incorporated or superceded by the version printed in Text-05.)
  • Text-05 — “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1845 — TALES — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-06 — “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1849 — manuscript revision of one word in “Graham” copy of TALES — (Mabbott text C)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)

 

Reprints:

  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — August 3, 1844 — The New World  (9:132-134) (The headnote reads: “We extract the following marvellous article from the ‘Columbian Magazine’ just published. Mr. Poe cannot, on so serious a subject, trifle with his readers: yet more extraordianry statements can hardly be conceived, We do believe in the facts of mesmerism, although we have not yet been able to arrive at any theory sufficient to explain them. Here, however, we are almost staggered. Of course, the narrative will be universally circulated; so we recommend it to the perusal of our readers and invite them to draw their own conclusions. — [ED.”)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — August 31, 1844 —Philadelphia Saturday Museum
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1844 —Universalist Watchman and Christian Repository (Montpelier, VT) (This reprint begins with a brief introductory note, signed “ED”: “We do not take the following article as an historical account, nor, as a burlesque on mesmerism; but, as a presentation of the writer’s philosophical theory which he wished to commend to the attention of his readers.”)
    • “Mesmeric Revelation” - Part I (Vol. 17, no. 7, August 30, 1844, p. 56)
    • “Mesmeric Revelation” - Part II (Vol. 17, no. 8, September 6, 1844, p. 64)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — about December 1844 — Dollar Weekly (New York ?), no copy located (Poe sent a copy of this reprint to George Bush on January 4, 1845, when he gives the name as “The Dollar Weekly.” No copy of the story has been located.)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — March 26, 1845 — Yankee Blade (Waterville, ME) (noted by Ljungquist)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — April 28, 1845 — Regenerator (Fruit Hill, OH), vol. I, no. 28, p. 128, cols. 1-4 (The story appears on the fourth page of the issue. On the third page is an editorial statement about the story) (this reprint has long been incorrectly recorded as appearing in the issue for May 14, 1845, based on a letter by John S. Clackner, which was reprinted by Poe in the Broadway Journal. There was no issue for May 14, 1845, however, and the correct issue was identified by looking at a microfilm made from a set of the periodical at Cornell University.)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — May 31, 1845 — Western Luminary, vol. IV, no. 22, pp. 170-171 (There is at least one run of this periodical for 1845 at the University of Minnesota) (This reprint is also noted in the letter by John S. Clackner noted above.)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — September 1845 —American Phrenological Journal
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — September 6, 1845 —Critic (London) (The complete story is reprinted as part of a review of Poe’s Tales.
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — October 4, 1845 —Star of Bethlehem
  • “The Last Conversation of a Somnambule” — November 29, 1845, text “AF” — unauthorized reprint in Popular Record of Modern Science (London))
  • “The Conversation of a Somnambule. Held just before Death with his Magnetiser Edgar A. Poe” — 1845 or 1846 — unauthorized reprint, as a separate, from the Popular Record of Modern Science, London: V. Torras, n.d.
  • Mesmeric Revelation” — 1850 — Griswold merely reprints Text-03 — WORKS — (Mabbott text D)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1852 — Tales and Sketches: to which is added The Raven: A Poem, London, George Routledge & Co.
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 110-120 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 116-126 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — May 1926 — Amazing Stories, vol. 1, no. 2

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (2:308-321)
  • Mesmeric Revelation” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 5: Tales IV, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (5:241-254, and 5:326)
  • Mesmeric Revelation” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales & Sketches II, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (3:1024-1042)
  • “Mesmeric Revelation” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 717-727

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • None.

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Révélation Magnétique” (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
  • “Révélation Magnétique” — July 15, 1848 — La Liberté de Penser  (translated from the 1845 Tales, Text-05)
  • “Révélation Magnétique” — July 30, 1854 — Le Pays
  • “Révélation Magnétique” — 1856 — Histoires extraordinaires, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “Revelación” — October 8, 1858 — La América, vol. II  (Spanish translation, noted by Englekirk, p. 482)

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Bibliography:

  • Baudelaire, Charles, Baudelaire on Poe, translated and edited by Lois and Francis E. Hyslop, Pennsylvania: Bald Eagle Press, 1952 (includes Baudelaire’s preface to “Mesmeric Revelation”)
  • 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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