Text: Burton R. Pollin, “Rodman (Headnote),” The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe — Vol. I: Imaginary Voyages (1981/1994), p. 520 (This material is protected by copyright)


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(A) Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, January to June 1840 (6:44-47, 80-85, 109-13, 179-83, 206-10, 255-59);

(B) London Mirror of Literature, vol. I, no. 1, pp. 9-10, November 3, 1877 (brief extracts);

(C) Tales and Poems, ed. J. H. Ingram (London, 1884), 4:3-90;

(D) The Journal of Julius Rodman (San Francisco, 1947). 76 pages. 7 wood engravings by Mallette Dean plus the original sketch of the Indian.


The sole authorized version (A) is followed. In the London periodical (B) only 4.8-19 and part of 3.12 and 14 were reprinted, with an acknowledgment of Ingram’s discovery and with Poe’s name as author, given for the first time. (There is no extant file of this journal, but Ingram’s clipping is at the University of Virginia and is noted in the John C. Miller Ingram list, number 716.) From his “complete” text Ingram silently omitted the woodcut and the referential sentence (4.8). Since both the Stedman-Woodberry edition (1895) and that of Harrison (1902) show the same lacuna, the volume privately printed in San Francisco by the Grabhorn Press (D) may be considered the true first edition, save for the reservation expressed in my Introduction above. The illustration was reproduced by Mary E. Phillips, Edgar Allan Poe: The Man (1926), 1:618.




In 2005, Michael Powell (of Eugene, OR) sent Burton Pollin a photocopy of the tale as it appeared in the London Mirror of Literature for November 3, 1877. As the photocopy appears to have been made from a bound volume, at least one file for 1877 has indeed survived, although it is not currently located.


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