Phantasy Pieces B (1843-1845)


This is a speculative collection of material that Poe accumulated with the expectation of republication.

On February 18, 1845, Poe wrote to E. A. Duyckinck: “I have the honor to leave for you, with Mr Mathews, a few of my stories, selected from about sixty, as having the best chance of popularity.” Beyond the twelve that were selected by Duyckinck, we cannot be sure how many tales Poe submitted for his consideration, but clearly they were part of what Poe though of as a growing collection of tales. In a letter of August 9, 1846, to Phillip Pendelton Cooke, Poe commented that Duyckinck had “what he thinks a taste for ratiocination, and has accordingly made up the book mostly of analytic stories.” He goes on to lament “But this is not representing my mind in its various phases — it is not giving me fair play. In writing these Tales one by one, at long intervals, I have kept the book-unity always in mind — that is, each has been composed with reference to its effect as part of a whole.”

Phantasy Pieces B (1843-1845)

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From this collection, the following stories appeared in print as the 1845 TALES:

“The Gold-Bug”

“The Black Cat”

“Mesmeric Revelation”


“The Fall of the House of Usher”

“A Descent into the Maelström”

“The Colloguy of Monos and Una”

“The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion”

“The Murders in the Rue Morgue”

“The Mystery of Marie Roget”

“The Purloined Letter”

“The Man in [[of]] the Crowd”




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