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Poe and His Revisions: A Checklist of Materials


I LIST items pertinent to Poe’s methods and intents in revising, a selective compilation because of easy access to additional references.* Hence, not all of the late T. O. Mabbott’s editions appear because they characteristically note different texts with little probing into reasons for Poe’s thinking about his alterations (Professor Mabbott believing that his work provided factual foundations upon which others might build), and because much bibliographical information is conveniently presented in M:575-588. Professor Fisher indicates how concerns other than analytical ones have often occupied Poe scholars. My list reveals that indeed most textual work on Poe has prepared the way for further, “aesthetic,” if you will, studies that can be erected upon the foundations evident in extant commentary.

Allen, Hervey. Introduction, The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (New York, 1938) [“endless revisions” improve the canon; Mabott thought Allen’s texts sound because they followed Griswold’s editing — a theory that will rattle those biased against that worthy].

Anon. “The Manuscript of Poe’s ‘Eulalie’,” BNYPL, 18 (1914),1461-1463 [descriptive bibliographical essay with facsimile].

Arnold, John Wesley. “The Poe Perplex: A Guide to the Tales.” Dissertation, U. Mass., 1967 [references to different versions of the tales, most notably “Lionizing” and “The Assignation”].

———. “Poe’s ‘Lionizing’: The Wound and the Bawdry,” L&P, 17 (1967) 554 [how revision tames the tale]. [page 101:]

Bandy, W. T. “Poe’s ‘Alone’: The First Printing,” PBSA, 70 (1976, 405-406 [notes punctuation variants in the version appearing in the Baltimore Sunday News, 29 Aug. 1875].

Basler, Roy P. “Byronism in Poe’s ‘To One in Paradise’,” AL, 9 (1937), 232-236 [treats the several appearances of the poem and of “The Assignation,” in which it appears; cf. Benton, Fisher, and Swanson below].

Beaver, Harold (ed.). Edgar Allan Poe: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (Harmondsworth and Baltimore, 1975), pp. 7-33 [history of printings; indirectly suggests need for close textual study].

Benton, Richard P. “Is Poe’s ‘The Assignation’ a Hoax?” NCF, 18 (1963), 193-197 [apparently referring to the 1834 text of “The Visionary,” as the tale was then titled, Benton’s article actually cites the 1845 version; cf. Hammond’s first item and Fisher below].

———. “Platonic Allegory in Poe’s ‘Eleonora’,” NCF, 22 (1967), 293-297 [notes an important textual change].

——— (ed.). Poe as Literary Cosmologer in Eureka (Hartford, Conn., 1975) [reprints Benton’s earlier edition of Eureka, 1974, with essays about that book; bibliography mentions variant texts; cf. Nelson below].

———. “Poe’s ‘Lionizing’: A Quiz on Willis and Lady Blessington,” SSF, 5 (1968), 239-244 [not Benton’s primary subject, the revisions nevertheless figure in his discussion; cf. G. R. Thompson below on this same subject and Benton’s reply: SSF, 6 (1968), 97].

Boll, Ernest. “The Manuscript of The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and Poe’s Revisions,” MP, 40 (1943), 302-315. [this Ms is now in the Gimbel Collection, The Free Library of Philadelphia].

Broderick, John C. “Poe’s Revisions of ‘Lenore’,” AL, 35 (1964), 504-510 [the changes tighten the poem, and they make it more dramatic].

Campbell, Killis. “Bibliographical Notes on PoeI,” Nation, 23 Dec. 1909, pp. 623-624 [lists critical and journalistic items of non-imaginative prose that appeared in variant forms].

———. “Bibliographical Notes on PoeII,” Nation, 30 Dec. 1909, pp. 647-648 [chief attention is to tales and poems first appearing in the Boston paper Flag of Our Union; specific, terse mention of variants in Landor’s Cottage”; also presents an “early version” of the sonnet “Silence,” which is correctly assigned to Thomas Hood by H. W. Foote in the 20 Jan. 1910 issue, p. 62]. [page 102:]

———. “New Notes on Poe’s Early Years,” Dial, 17 Feb. 1916, pp. 143-146 [reveals that Poe’s earliest tales appeared in the Philadelphia Saturday Courier during 1832, in versions differing from subsequent publications; the five tales are “Metzengerstein,” “A Decided Loss” (“Loss of Breath”) “The Bargain Lost” (“Bon-Bon”), “The Duke de L’Omelette,” and “A Tale of Jerusalem”].

——— (ed.). The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Boston, 1917) [notes on various versions of each poem; cf. Mabbott and Stovall below].

——— (ed.). Poe’s Short Stories (New York, 1927) [includes an incomplete listing of first appearances of the tales].

Cauthen, Irby B., Jr. “Poe’s ‘Alone’: Its Background, Source, and Manuscript,” SB, 3 (1950), 284-291 [discusses variants].

Cecil, L. Moffitt. “Poe’s Wine List,” PoeS, 5 (1972), 41-42 [in discussing Poe’s knowledge and literary employment of alcohol, altering texts are several times highlighted].

Christopher, Joseph R. “Poe and the Tradition of the Detective Story,” The Mystery Writer’s Art, ed. Francis M. Nevins, Jr. (Bowling Green, Ohio, 1970), pp. 19-36 [changes in “Marie Rogêt”].

Davidson, Edward H. Poe: A Critical Study (Cambridge, Mass., 1957) [notes the drastic overhauling of “Lionizing” and mentions Poe’s care in revising “Metzengerstein” and other early pieces].

Davis, June and Jack, “An Error in Some Recent Reprintings of ‘Ligeia’,” PoeS, 3 (1970), 21 [about the middle of paragraph 8, “how had I deserved to be so cursed with the removal of my beloved in the hour of her making them” should read correctly “my” for “her,” which alteration significantly changes the meaning; correct appearances are those in American Museum (1838) and BJ, 2 (1845), but most recent texts carry along the corruption].

Dowell, Richard W. “The Ironic History of Poe’s ‘Life in Death’: A Literary Skeleton in the Closet,” AL, 42 (1971), 478-486 [“The Oval Portrait”; cf. Gross and Thompson below, whose work he seems not to know].

Evans, Walter. “Poe’s Revisions in His Review of Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales,” PBSA, 66 (1972), 407-419 [with Reece, below, this critique will alter thinking about Poe’s attitude toward Hawthorne and fiction more generally]. [page 103:]

Fisher, Benjamin Franklin, IV. “Gothic Techniques in Poe’s Short Stories.’ Dissertation, Duke U.,1969 [passing comments on changes in the fiction].

———. “Poe in the Seventies: The Poet among the Critics,” MDAC, 2 (1973), 129-141 [survey of books 1970-1973; stresses importance in analyzing Poe’s practices in revision].

———. “Poe’s ‘Metzengerstein’: Not a Hoax,” AL, 42 (1971), 487-494 [successive versions make the tale something far different from apprentice Gothicism; cf. Thompson below for another interpretation].

———. “Poe’s ‘Tarr and Fether’: Hoaxing in the Blackwood Mode,” Topic, 31 (1977), 29-40 [argues that Poe had not composed a much earlier version, which he revised to greater timeliness in the mid-1840’s].

———. To ‘The Assignation’ from ‘The Visionary’ and Poe’s Decade of Revising,” LC, 39 (1973), 89-105; Part Two, “The Revisions and Related Matters,” LC, 40 (1976), 221-251 [reprints the Godey’s (1834) text, and studies significant changes in the subsequent versions, as well as supplementing the work of Benton and Hammond].

———. The Very Spirit of Cordiality: The Literary Uses of Alcohol and Alcoholism in the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Baltimore, 1978) [commentary on telling changes in the tales, particularly in “The Assignation,” “Bon-Bon,” and “MS. Found in a Bottle,” the last being reprinted in its original Saturday Visiter version].

Fletcher, Richard M. The Stylistic Development of Edgar Allan Poe (The Hague, 1973) [good comments on Poe’s general procedure in revising, particularly in “To One in Paradise”; cf. the less careful treatment of this poem by Swanson below].

Forclaz, Roger. “Edgar Poe et la Psychoanalyse,” RLV, 36 (1970), 272-288, 375-389 [among other counters to Marie Bonaparte, F. studies changes in tales such as “Loss of Breath” and “Marie Rogêt” to disprove over-psychoanalytic approaches to Poe].

———. Le Monde d’Edgar Poe (Berne and Frankfurt, 1974) [references passim to matters of revision; penetrating remarks about Poe’s supposed opiumism and the relevance of alterations in certain tales in ch.12, which also attends to other, general types of changes; expands considerably upon item preceding]. [page 104:]

Freehafer, John. “Poe’s ‘Cask of Amontillado’: A Tale of Effect,” JAS, 13 (1968),134-142 [excellent blend of textual and analytical work, which reveals the necessity of textual scrutiny in Poe studies; indicates that no modern editor has properly reproduced the Godey’s (1846) version or collated it with subsequent appearances].

French, John C. “Poe and the Baltimore Saturday Visiter,” MLN, 33 (1918), 257-267 [inaccurate collation of Visiter version of “MS. Found”].

Griswold, Rufus Wilmot (ed.). The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe (New York, 1850-1856) [presumably certain variants have Poe’s own sanction, e.g., those in “Cask” and “Metzengerstein”; many subsequent anthologists follow a combination of Godey’s and Griswold in printing the former; cf. Freehafer above].

Gross, Seymour L. “Poe’s Revisions of ‘The Oval Portrait’,” MLN, 74 (1959), 16-20 [the tale becomes more psychological through revision; cf. Dowell above, Thompson below].

Hess, Jeffrey A. “Sources and Aesthetics of Poe’s Landscape Fiction,” AQ, 22 (1970), 177-189 [how similar materials are reworked].

Hudson, Ruth Leigh. “Poe Recognizes ‘Ligeia’ as His Masterpiece,” English Essays in Honor of James Southall Wilson, ed. Fredson Bowers (Charlottesville, Va., 1951), pp. 35-44. [constant reworking makes this the best of the tales].

———. “Poe’s Craftsmanship in the Short Story.” Dissertation, U. of Virginia, 1935 [on changes in early tales].

Hutcherson, Dudley R. “The Philadelphia Saturday Museum Text of Poe’s Poems,” AL, 5 (1933) 36-48 [erratic transcriptions of verse; the biographical sketch deserves reprinting and more thorough studyamong other features, it is the first selective edition of Poe’s verse].

Ingram, John Henry. “The Bibliography of Edgar Allan Poe,” The Athenaeum, 29 July 1876, pp. 145-146 [changes in poems].

Grossman, Joan Delaney. Edgar Allan Poe in Russia: A Study in Legend and Literary Influence (Wurzburg and Atlantic Highlands, NJ., 1973) [pp. 126, 231 contain brief, though penetrating, remarks about the aim toward greater intangibility in the changes in “Berenice”].

Halliburton, David. Edgar Allan Poe: A Phenomenological View (Princeton, 1973) [short comments passim, with greater attention to “Tamerlane”].

Hammond, Alexander. “Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tales of the Folio Club’.” Dissertation, Northwestern U.,1971 [scattered comments on revisions].

———. “Further Notes on Poe’s Folio Club Tales,” PoeS, 8 (1975), 38-42 [advances Hammond’s earlier opinions and speculations].

———. “The Hidden Jew in Poe’s ‘Autography’,” PN, 2 (1969), 55-56 [change ousts anti-semitism].

———. “A Reconstruction of Poe’s 1833 Tales of the Folio Club: Preliminary Notes,” PoeS, 5 (1972), 25-32 [attends to several significant changes in the early fiction, although it ignores Fisher’s study of “Metzengerstein”].

Heartman, Charles F., and James R. Canny. A Bibliography of the First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Hattiesburg, Miss., 1943) [despite inaccuracies, this remains an important tool for Poe studies; needs editing and updating]. [page 105:]

———. “The Unknown Poetry of Edgar Poe,” Belgravia, 22 (1876), 502-513 [special attention to revision in “Tamerlane”].

———. “Variations in Edgar Poe’s Poetry,” Bibliophile, 3 (1909),128-136.

Jackson, David K. “A Typographical Error in the B Version of Poe’s ‘SonnetTo Science’,” PoeS, 3 (1971), 21 [corrects Mabbott, Campbell on evidence of a version in The Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post].

Kennedy, Ralph C. “The Poems and Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe: Their Composition, Publication, and Reception.” Dissertation, U. of Arkansas, 1961 [useful handbook, although not all appearances listed — such as that of “The Visionary,” probably pirated, in Bentley’s Miscellany (Dec. 1840) ].

Kent, Charles W. Preface & Introduction to H.VII [although Kent is perceptive concerning reasons for Poe’s alterations in his verse, he is too trusting to Harrison and Stewart’s accuracy in texts].

Levine, Stuart. Edgar Poe: Seer and Craftsman (De Land, Fla., 1972) [passing comments about Poe’s revisions stemming from the necessity to furnish magazine copy].

——— , and Susan Levine (eds.). The Short Fiction of Edgar Allan Poe: An Annotated Edition (Indianapolis, 1976) [intermittent discussion of differing texts]. [page 106:]

Lowndes, Robert A. W. “The Contributions of Edgar Allan Poe,” The Mystery Writer’s Art, ed. Francis M. Nevins, Jr. (Bowling Green, Ohio, 1970), pp. 1-18 [“Marie Rogêt”].

Mabbott, Thomas O. “Additions to ‘A List of Poe’s Tales’,” N&Q, (1942), 163-164 [cf. Wyllie below].

——— (ed.). Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, I (Cambridge, Mass., 1969) [first volume of edition in progress; notes and bibliography list sources of Poe Mss and provide collations for the verse; an essential tool for textual studies].

———. “An Early Publication of Poe’s ‘Ligeia’,” N&Q, 160 (1931), 152 [Poe did not first introduce the poem “The Conqueror Worm” into the BJ version of the tale, published 27 Sept. 1845; it earlier appeared in the 15 Feb. 1845 issue of The New York World, and reappeared barely altered].

——— (ed.). The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe, foreword by Hervey Allen (Garden City, New York, 1926) [textual variants listed].

———. “A Poe Manuscript,” BNYPL, (1924),103-105 [“ ‘Thou Art the Man!”’].

——— (ed.). Selected Poetry and Prose of Edgar Allan Poe (New York, 1951) [a foretaste of the ampler annotation that will appear in the volumes of fiction in the Collected Works; particular attention to variants in “Cask”; reprints “The Light-House,” from an earlier N&Q article, wherein the Ms and provenance were discussed].

McCarthy, Kevin. “‘Sameness’ versus ‘Saneness’ in ‘Morella’,” AmN&Q, 11 (1973), 149-150 [mentions variants].

———. “Unity and Personal Identity in Eureka,” Poe as Literary Cosmologer: Studies in “Eureka”; a Symposium, ed. Richard P. Benton (Hartford, Conn., 1975), pp. 22-25 [revision in “Morello”].

McNeal, Thomas H. “Poe’s Zenobia: An Early Satire on Margaret Fuller,” MLQ, 11 (1950), 205-216.

Mengeling, Marvin and Frances. “From Fancy to Failure II: A Study of the Narrators in the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe,” UR, 34 (1967), 31-37 [mentions revisions in “Berenice”; cf Sloane-Fisher below].

Moldenhauer, Joseph J. “Poe Manuscripts in Austin,” UTLC, 2 ser. 3 (1971), 83-87; repr. in hardcover as A Descriptive Catalogue of Edgar Allan Poe Manuscripts in the Humanities Research Center Library, the University [page 107:] of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas, 1973) [details several Ms variants, most notably those of “The Bells” and “The Spectacles”; “The Domain of Arnheim” is also here in Ms form, awaiting study].

Nelson, Roland William. “The Definitive Edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Eureka: A Prose Poem.” Dissertation, Bowling Green State U., 1974 [collation of printed and Ms versions].

O’Neill, Edward H. “The Poe-Griswold-Harrison Texts of the ‘Marginalia’,” AL, 15 (1943), 238-250 [indicates the need for further textual workstill not accomplishedand gathering of uncollected items].

Poe, Edgar Allan (ed.). The Broadway Journal, 1-2 (1845-1846) [Poe’s Ms revisions were in a set given to Mrs. Whitman, now in the Henry E. Huntington Library].

———. Choix de Contes, ed. Roger Asselineau (Paris, 1958) [variants of “Metzengerstein”].

———. “Epimanes,” A.L.S. to editors of The New-England Magazine, 14 May 1833 [in the collection of H. Bradley Martin, New York, this version has never been published in its entirety; partial reproduction in A. H. Quinncf. below; facsimile of this letter in Princeton U. Library].

———. “Phantasy Pieces”i.e., a proposed reworking of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque (Philadelphia, 1840) [facsimile of Poe’s copy, with Ms changes, especially in “How to Write a Blackwood Article” and “William Wilson” prepared by Blumenthal; the original owned by H. Bradley Martin].

———. Prose Romances, ed. George E. Hatvary and Thomas O. Mabbott (New York, 1968) [photographic facsimile edition; comments on variants]

———. Tales (New York, 1845) [the Lorimer Graham copy, with Poe’s Ms revisions, is in the library of the University of Texas at Austin].

Pollin, Burton R. Discoveries in Poe (Notre Dame, Ind., 1970) [passing comments on changes in “Cask”; more on “Eleonora”].

———. “Poe’s Mystification: Its Source in Fay’s Norman Leslie,” MissQ, 25 (1972), 111-130 [notes revisions that concern satire aimed at T. S. Fay, as well as deficiencies in Harrison’s text].

———. “Poe’s Tale of Psyche Zenobia: A Reading for Humor and Ingenious Construction,” Papers on Poe: Essays in Honor of John Ward Ostrom, [page 108:] ed. Richard p. Veler (Springfield, Ohio, 1972), pp. 92-103 [deals tangentially with revisions in “How to Write a Blackwood Article”].

Quinn, Arthur Hobson, Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (New York, 1914) [variant Ms of “Epimanes,” p. 200the other leaf is reproduced in Robertson, cited below, facing p.114; A.H.Q. also mentions an early Ms of “Morella,” p. 214, and reproduces a facsimile of the title page for the projected Phantasy Pieces, pp. 337-340].

——— and Edward H. O’Neill (eds.). “Bibliographical and Textual Notes,” The Complete Poems and Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, with Selections from His Critical Writings (New York, 1946), pp.1055-1087 [both items record variant texts and provenances of important Ms holdings].

Randall, David A. “Robertson’s Poe Bibliography,” Publishers’ Weekly, 21 April 1934, pp. 1540-1543 [notes glaring inaccuracies in the work; essential reading for all those concerned with Poe’s texts].

Reece, James B. “An Error in Some Reprintings of Poe’s 1847 Critique of Hawthorne,” PoeS, 4 (1971), 47 [corrects what appears in H.XIII:145 as “to be original is to be popular” to Poe’s own phrasing in Godey’s (1847): “to be original is to be unpopular”; Poe disagreed with the latter view, although several anthologies that reprint the error could make us believe otherwise].

Richard, Claude. “Poe and the Yankee Hero: An Interpretation of ‘Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences’,” MissQ, 21 (1968), 93-109 [how revisions took away the satiric thrusts at Yankee writers and their fictional heroes, as well as at John Neal more particularly].

Ridgely, Joseph V. “The Continuing Puzzle of Arthur Gordon Pym: Some Notes and Queries,” PN, 3 (1970), 5-6 [implicitly suggests the need for analyzing the significance of revision; also points up discrepancies in Harrison’s text, which follows Griswold, not Harper’s].

Robertson, John W. Bibliography of the Writings of Edgar A. Poe (San Francisco, 1934) [convenient printings and reproductions of Ms materials; inaccurate in spots, such as I, p. 224, whereon an error about revision in “Silence” occurs; and ii, facing p.114, with an erroneous “facsimile” of the same tale; cf. Randall above].

Rosenbach Company Catalogue, Number 17 (Philadelphia, 1913), p. 106 [sale of Ms for the “first draft” of “Morella”; this Ms is now in the Henry E. Huntington Library]. [page 109:]

Sloane, David E. E. “Gothic Romanticism and Rational Empiricism in Poe’s ‘Berenice’,” ATQ, 19 (1972),19-26.

——— and Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV. “Poe’s Revisions in ‘Berenice’: Beyond the Gothic,” ATQ, 24 (1974),19-25 [both articles detail Poe’s moves away from the sensational toward the psychological].

Stedman, Edmund Clarence, and George Edward Woodberry (eds.). “On the Number, Order, and Publication of Poe’s Tales,” The Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Chicago 1895), IV, pp. 281-297.

Stewart, Robert A. Textual notes in The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. James A. Harrison (New York, 1902) [the edition is incomplete, Stewart’s textual notes, the outgrowth of his U. of Va. dissertation (1901), inaccurate in many spots — cf. Fisher above on “The Assignation” and “Silence” — his introduction to the notes still maintains its value].

Stovall, Floyd. Edgar Poe the Poet: Essays Old and New (Charlottesville, Va.,1968), pp. 251-254 [“Eleonora”; cf. Thompson, below, for a different interpretation].

——— (ed.). The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Charlottesville, Va., 1965) [lists variants; cf. Campbell and Mabbott editions, listed here].

Swanson, Donald R. “The Transmutations of ‘To One in Paradise’,” CEAForum, 6 (1976), 9 [Although not drawing upon Basler and Fisher, cited above, S. concludes: “manipulation of the tale (“The Assignation”) and the poem suggests that Poe was constantly trying to improve upon his evocation of his constant themethe essential unity of love, death, spirituality and sensuality”; depends too heavily on H.VII:202203, which errs in dates].

Tanselle, G. Thomas. “The State of Poe Bibliography,” PN, 2 (1969),1-3 [we must be aware of textual differences].

——— . “Unrecorded Early Reprintings of Two Poe Tales,” PBSA, 56 (1962), 252 [“The Purloined Letter” and “The Oval Portrait” in the New York Weekly News, 25 Jan. 1845 and 10 May 1845 respectively].

Thompson. G. R. “Dramatic Irony in ‘The Oval Portrait’: A Reconsideration of Poe’s Revisions,” ELN, 6 (1968),107-114 [changes emphasize irony and hoax; cf. Dowell and Gross, above, for contrary conclusions].

——— . “On the Nose-Further Speculations on the Sources and Meanings of Poe’s ‘Lionizing’,” SSF, 6 (1968), 94-96 [mentions elements possibly overlooked in Benton’s critique of the tale; notes variant versions]. [page 110:]

——— . Poe’s Fiction: Romantic Irony in the Gothic Tales (Madison, Wis., 1973) [revisions in “Eleonora” intensify an “ambiguous irony” — very ambiguous since nobody else seems to perceive it; ch. 3, “Flawed Gothic,” speaks of revisions in the Courier tales — cf. Fisher above on “Metzengerstein”; this section, slightly altered, appeared previously in ESQ, No. 60 (1970), repr. as New Approaches to Poe: A Symposium, ed. Richard P. Benton (Hartford, Conn., 1970)].

———. “‘Proper Evidence of Madness’: American Gothic and the Interpretation of ‘Ligeia’,” ESQ,18 (1972), 30-49 [on revision in the tale as part of a larger critical study].

Varner, John Grier. Poe and the “Philadelphia Saturday Courier” (Charlottesville, Va., 1933) [reprints the five earliest tales from their original format, as well as “Raising the Wind” (“Diddling”)].

Walsh, John (ed.). Poe the Detective: The Curious Circumstances behind “The Mystery of Marie Rogêt” (New Brunswick, N.J.,1968) [provides a collation; cf. Fusco’s essay in this collection].

White, Thomas W. (ed.). The Southern Literary Messenger, 2-3 (1835-1836) [the “Duane Messengers,” with Poe’s Ms revisions, now owned by H. Bradley Martin].

Wimsatt, William K., Jr. “Poe and the Mystery of Mary Rogers,” PMLA, 56 (1941), 230-248 [“Marie Rogêt”; cf. earlier citations].

Woodberry, George E. The Life of Edgar Allan Poe (Boston and New York, 1909), 2 vols. [discussion of revisions, citing the numerous and intricate alterations in “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Imp of the Perverse,” appears in Appendix C].

Wyllie, John C. “A List of the Texts of Poe’s Tales,” University of Virginia Humanistic Studies [Humanistic Studies in Honor of John Calvin Metcalf], 1 (1941), 322-338 [provides variant versions’ information by way of recording successive appearances; cf. Mabbott’s “additions” above].


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*  Ed. note: Mr. Burns collects materials not related solely to Poe’s fiction, but the extras are in order because of Poe’s pressing close the genres of verse and the short prose tale. Following our principles of consistency à la Emerson, we deem his list a warranted companion to the preceding essays, being as it is a barometer that suggests the need for increased textual studies in all areas of Poe’s writings.






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