Edgar Allan Poe — “The Conversation of Erios and Charmion”


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  • (narrator) - Under development.

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Date - Under development.

Summary:

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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Conversation of Erios and Charmion” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1839, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — December 1839 — Burton’s — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1842 — TGAPP (manuscript of title only) — (The title is listed in Poe’s handwritten table of contents, but the text itself no longer survives. It was presumably recorded, with perhaps a few additional changes made in proof, in Text-05.)
  • Text-05 — “The Destruction of the World” — April 1, 1843 — Saturday Museum — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-06 — “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1845 — TALES — (Mabbott text D)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text) (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)

 

Reprints:

  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-05  (Mabbott text E)
  • “Tale of a Comet: The Earth Destroyed by a Comet” — Sept. 3, 1853 — Portland Transcript, excerpt from Poe’s tale, featuring the portion that begins “The elements of the strange orb . . .” and running to the end of the story. (The brief introductory note states: “Edgar A. Poe, in one of his imaginative dialogues give [[gives]] the following hints as to the possible results of the contact of a comet with our earth. A spirit in Aidenn, just from the scene of conflagration, relates to one long absent from the earth, the details of the terrible event.”)
  • “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — May 8, 1855 — Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), vol. IX, no. 110, p. 2, cols 6-7 (noted as from the Acacia for February, with the additional title of “The End of the World” and the following introductory note: “The gifted and lamented Poe had unequalled power, in giving to the pessible [[possible]] the appearance of the actual. He had wonderful skill in gathering and arranging the details, and he omitted none of the probable, no matter how minute and apparently insignificant. It was this care in filling up the picture which gave it the appearance of truth and life, and it is even difficult to divest ourselves of the opinion of its reality. We tore the following from Burton’s Magazine some years ago, as worthy of preservation.”)
  • “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — April 19, 1857 — The Missouri Republican (presumably from the 1856 or 1857 reprint of Works) (The full story was printed on the front page of this newspaper.)
  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 2, pp. 204-209 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1888 — The Complete Poetical Works and Essays on Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. John H. Ingram, London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co. (pp. 140-146) (This tale is included as one of six “Prose Poems,” without further explanation.)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Tales, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (1:228-235)
  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales III, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (4:1-8, and 4:275-277)
  • The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:451-462)
  • “The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 358-363

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Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

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Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Le Colloque d‘Eros et Charmion” — July 3, 1847 — La Démocratie Pacifique  (French translation signed “Isabelle Meunier”)
  • “Conversation d‘Eiros avec Charmion” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
  • “Entretien d‘Eiros avec Charmion” — July 27, 1854 — Le Pays
  • “Conversation d‘Eiros avec Charmion” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères

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Bibliography:

  • 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.
  • Kock, Christian, “The Irony of Oxygen in Poe’s ‘Eiros and Charmion’,” Studies in Short Fiction (1985), 22:317-321.
  • 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.
  • Robinson, Douglas, “Poe’s Mini-Apoclypse: ‘The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion’,” Studies in Short Fiction (1982), 19:329-337.
  • 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.
  • 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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