Edgar Allan Poe — “Secret Writing”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Secret Writing” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:



  • Cryptography” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:332-346) (This is a reprint of the July 1841 article, collected for the first time.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Cryptography” — 1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 9: Eureka and Miscellanies, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (9:260-278, and 9:316-317)
  • “Secret Writing” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 14: Essays and Miscellanies, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell
  • “A Few Words on Secret Writing” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Essays and Reviews, ed. G. R. Thompson, New York: Library of America (pp. 1277-1291)


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:

  • “La cryptographie” — 1887 — Edgar Poë: Derniers Contes, Paris: Albert Savine  (French translation by Félix Rabbe)



  • 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.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.


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