Text: Arthur Hobson Quinn, “illustration - 16,” Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (1941), p. 138b


[page 138b, unnumbered:]

Letter, Poe to Isaac Lea (page 2)


This shows that we do not have all of “Al Aaraaf.”



Quinn's statement that “This shows that we do not have all of “Al Aaraaf’ ” is somewhat controversial. T. O. Mabbott, in his definitive editon of Poe's Poems (1969) states, in reference to the present letter and Quinn's comment: “While Poe's syntax is not clear, surely the fourth part to which he refers is something not yet written. The reference to a third part may be explained by the fact that, in the poem as it stands, Part II is much longer than Part I; there are breaks at II, 156, and II, 174, either one of which may have marked the beginning of a new part. Hence I believe none of ‘Al Aaraaf’ is lost” (1:97). For a more recent attempt at disagreeing with Mabbott's conclusion, see Eric Martin, “ ‘Al Aaraaf,’ a Poem in Three Parts” (E. A. Poe Review, Spring 2009, 10:44-49).


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