Edgar Allan Poe — “Tamerlane”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Tamerlane” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings (full text):

  • Text-01 — “Tamerlane” — 1827, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Tamerlane” — 1827 — TAOP — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this version)
  • Text-03 — “Tamerlane” — about 1828 — fragmentary “Wilmer” manuscript — (Mabbott text B)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for selected stanzas this version)
  • Text-04 — “Tamerlane” — 1829 — ATMP — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “Tamerlane” — 1829 — ATMP-JN, presentation copy to John Neal (with one manuscript change) — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06 — “Tamerlane” — 1831 — POEMS — (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this version)
  • Text-07 — “Tamerlane” — 1845 — minor manuscript revisions in ATMP-EH prepared for RAOP — (Mabbott text G, although he does not actually give the variant, which is indistinct, possibly an error, and was not used in RAOP)
  • Text-08 — “Tamerlane” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text H)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this version)


Manuscripts and Authorized Printings (excerpts):


  • Tamerlane” — December 1829 — Yankee (excerpts only)  — (Mabbott text E)


  • Tamerlane” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold merely reprints Text-08  (Mabbott text J)
  • Tamerlane” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:77-83)
  • “Tamerlane” — June 1876 — John H. Ingram, “The Unknown Poetry of Edgar Poe,” Belgravia: A London Illustrated Magazine (London, UK) (29:504-509) (reprinted from the recently discovered copy of TAOP from the British Museum, and thus the first reprint portions of this early version of the poem since 1827) (Ingram’s text makes what appear to be editorial adjustments, but does not sustain R. H. Shepherd’s charge that Ingram’s printed text is “shown to be valueless on account of its inaccuracies.”)
  • “Tamerlane” — June 8, 1876 — John H. Ingram, “Poe’s Suppressed Poetry,” New York Graphic, pp. 804-805 (reprinted from Belgravia for June 1876)
  • “Tamerlane” — June 21, 1876 — John H. Ingram, “Unknown Poetry of Poe,” Home Journal (New York, NY) (reprinted from Belgravia for June 1876)
  • “Tamerlane” — 1884 — Tamerlane and Other Poems, ed. Richard Herne Shepherd, London: George Redway (pp. 21-38 and pp. 59-62)  (Having long been thought lost, a copy of the original Tamerlane and Other Poems of 1827 was discovered in the British Museum and printed in this “second edition.”)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Tamerlane” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:97-105, and pp. 196-216)
  • Tamerlane” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:1-9, and 10:127-146)
  • “Tamerlane” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (pp. 89-97, and pp. 247-265)
  • “Tamerlane” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 1-21, and p. 147-156)
  • “Tamerlane” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (pp. 3-11, and pp. 155-176)  (In his notes, Stovall reprints the full text of the 1827 version of the poem)
  • Tamerlane” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:22-64)  (Mabbott gives several versions of the poem)
  • “Tamerlane” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (pp. 24-30) (reprints Text-08)


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:

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



  • Anonymous, “J. P. Morgan buys Rare Manuscripts; Gets Wakeman Collection of Poe, Thoreau, Lowell, Longfellow, Whittier, and Bryant,” New York Times, October 27, 1909
  • Baxter, Nancy Niblack, “Thomas Moore’s Influence on ‘Tamerlane’,” Poe Newletter, April 1969, 2:36
  • 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.
  • Loberger, Gordon J., “Poe’s Use of ‘Page’ and “Lore’ in ‘Tamerlane’,” Poe Newsletter, December 1970, 3:37-38
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • Shockley, M. S., “Timour the Tartar and Poe’s ‘Tamerlane’,” Publications of the Modern Language Association, December 1941, 56:1103-1106
  • Routh, James, “Notes on the Sources of Poe’s Poetry: Coleridge, Keats, Shelley,” Modern Language Notes, March 1914, 29:72-75


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