Dictionary of Names and Titles in Poe's Collected Works, (1968), title page and table of contents


Title page:


By Burton R. Pollin

Professor of English
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York



Table of Contents


Ends and Means, by Burton R. Pollin    vii
Appreciation of Poe, by Burton R. Pollin    xxx
Acknowledgments    xxxiv
Programming the Book, by Gary Berlind    xxxvii
[[Explanation of Letter Symbols, etc.    xlii
Names in Poe's Works [Index I]    1
[[Names in Poe's Works (A-F)    1]]
[[Names in Poe's Works (G-O)    36]]
[[Names in Poe's Works (P-Z)    70]]
Titles in Poe's Works [Index II]    103
[[Titles in Poe's Works (A-F)    103]]
[[Titles in Poe's Works (G-O)    129]]
[[Titles in Poe's Works (P-Z)    155]]
Fictional Characters in Poe's Works[Extracted from Index I]    183
Titles of Poe's Poems and Tales[Extracted from Index II]    191
Titles of Poe's Articles[Extracted from Index II]    197
Titles of Poe's Reviews[Extracted from Index II]    199
Tabulation for Index of Names    210
Tabulation for Index of Titles    211
Census of Symbols and Entries    212



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Although Poe's writings are essentially in the public domain, the indicies presented here embody often painstaking editorial work by Burton R. Pollin, and that editorial work is protected by copyright. The introductory material and the apparatus of the indicies are Pollin's original work, and are clearly subject to copyright.

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The table of contents is a reasonable representation of the table of contents from the original printing, although the original contains no entry for the “Explanation of Letter Code Used,” which, in the original printing, is repeated at the beginning of each section. For the online edition, it has been considered sufficient to give this explanatory table once.

[[from the front inside of the dust jacket]]


By Burton R. Pollin

A unique contribution to the fast-growing body of Poe scholarship, this exhaustive dictionary — prepared in the Institute of Computer Research in the Humanities at New York University — presents a complete alphabetical listing of all names and titles cited by Poe throughout his poems, stories, and essays. Following careful analysis of James A. Harrison's definitive edition of The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe(1902), to which it is cross-indexed, this book was computer-produced in its final stages; as one of the first literary applications of this recently-developed technique, it sets an important precedent and establishes a high standard of accuracy in indexing.

No author in the history of American literature has displayed the onomastic inventiveness and ingenuity of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe's canon is filled with references to a wide range of sources: myth, history, the works of other authors, even his own writings. In this index, which contains more than five thousand entries, Professor Burton R. Pollin has created the first guide to this wealth of significant allusions, thereby providing students of American literature with an invaluable reference tool and an immediate key to future studies.

The computer was used by Dr. Pollin to fulfill a variety of purposes. It assured a text which could be subjected to countless proofreadings and corrections; provided guide letters for each page of the listings; permitted the inclusion of annotations indicating Poe's sources, amending his errors, and suggesting comparisons; and, finally, yielded four significant supplementary sections. Derived from the sections, “Names” and “Titles,” these are the only available lists of Poe's characters and of the titles of his poems and tales in all their various forms, of his essays and critical articles, and of all the books he reviewed. The methods employed in programming the computer for these tasks are described in the introduction, and a schematic “flowchart” is also included.

The final significance of the Dictionary, of course, reaches beyond the techniques by which it has been produced, as important as they are, and rests in the great amount revealed about Poe's reading habits, influences, and thought patterns. Its function, therefore, is not only documentary, but also critical, amply fulfilling the hope expressed by Dr. Pollin in his introduction that “there will be provided, in the index as presented, a series of objective sets of data which will enable us to be more specific in our views of Poe as critic and creator.”

[[from the back inside of the dust jacket]]

Professor Burton R. Pollin

Burton R. Pollin, Professor of English at the Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, is the author of Education and Enlightenment in the Works of William Godwin(1962) and Godwin Criticism(1967); editor of three volumes of Godwin material: Italian Letters(1965), Four Early Pamphlets(1966), and Uncollected Writings (1968); and contributor of numerous articles on Poe, Hawthorne, Byron, Keats, Browning, and Shelley to a variety of books and periodicals.

Professor Pollin holds a Ph.D. degree from Columbia University, and has been the recipient of awards from the American Philosophical Society, the American Council of Learned Societies, and other sources. He is currently working on manuscript papers of Benjamin Constant, under a Distinguished Research Fellowship from the New York State University Research Foundation. His forthcoming book, Discoveries in Poe, will be derived in part from the data collated in this Dictionary of Names and Titles in Poe's Collected Works.

The following additional note appears at the bottom of the front inside dust jacket: “Jacket illustration from A Edgar Poe by Odilon Redon”


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