Edgar Allan Poe — “Eldorado”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Eldorado” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Eldorado” — 1849, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02) (Based on a letter of October 8, 1877 from Annie Richmond to John H. Ingram, John Carl Miller states that Mrs. Richmond had a manuscript for Eldorado, and sent a copy to Ingram, although Ingram never reproduced the manuscipt as he did for other items that she sent to him. See Building Poe Biography, 1977, pp. 175 and 193. If there was such a manuscript, it is currently unlocated. A more likely explanation is that Miller has confused Mrs. Richmond’s reference to sending the printed copy of the poem from the Flag of Our Union, where it was first published.)
  • Text-02 — “Eldorado” — April 21, 1849 — Flag of Our Union — (Mabbott text A)



  • Eldorado” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text 02, with the addition of a single comma  (Mabbott text B)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • “Eldorado” — February 23, 1850 — Hartford Times (Hartford, CT)
  • Eldorado” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:31)
  • “Eldorado” — January 16, 1921 — Macon Daily Telegraph (p. 6) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 162.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Eldorado” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman (Chicago: Stone and Kimball), 10:35 and 10:182  (Woodberry and Stedman were aware of no printing earlier than Griswold’s)
  • Eldorado” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison (New York: T. Y. Crowell), 10:123 and 10:224
  • Eldorado” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.), p. 79 and p. 242
  • Eldorado” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 128-129, and pp. 286-287)
  • “Eldorado” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia), p. 117 and pp. 282-283
  • Eldorado” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), 1:461-465
  • “Eldorado” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), p. 101 (reprints Text-02)
  • “Eldorado” — 2004 — The Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. G. R. Thompson (New York: W. W. Norton & Co.), p. 74
  • “Eldorado” — 2015 — The Annotated Poe, ed. Kevin J. Hayes (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), pp. 390-392


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None


Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Eldorado” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)



  • Caputi, Anthony, “The Refrain in Poe’s Poetry,” American Literature, May 1953, 25:169-178
  • Carlson, Eric, “Poe’s ‘Eldorado’,” Modern Language Notes, March 1961, 76:232-233
  • Coad, O. S., “The Meaning of Poe’s ‘Eldorado’,” Modern Language Notes, January 1944, 59:59-61
  • Eddings, W. Dennis, “Shadow and Substance in ‘Eldorado’,Masques, Mysteries, and Mastodons: A Poe Miscellany, ed. Benjamin F. Fisher, Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe Society, 2006, pp. 17-23
  • 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, “The Sources of Poe’s ‘Eldorado’,” Modern Language Notes, May 1945, 60:312-314
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • Pollin, Burton R., “Poe’s ‘Eldorado’ Viewed as a Song,” Prairie Schooner, 1972, 46:228-235
  • Sanderlin, W. Stephan, “Poe’s ‘Eldorado’ Again,” Modern Language Notes, March 1956, 71:189-192


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