Edgar Allan Poe — “Fifty Suggestions”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Fifty Suggestions” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Fifty Suggestions” — 1849 (fragmentary manuscript material) (Mabbott/Pollin Text “A”)
  • Text-02 — “Fifty Suggestions” — May and June 1849 Graham’s (Mabbott/Pollin Text “B”)



  • Fifty Suggestions” — 1850 — WORKS (Mabbott/Pollin Text “C”)
  • “Fifty Suggestions” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:480-492)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “[Fifty Suggestions]” — 1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 8: Literary Criticism, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (8:333-346, and 8:352)  (Woodberry and Stedman combine “A Chapter of Suggestions” and “Fifty Suggestions,” both under the title of “A Chapter of Suggestions”)
  • Fifty Suggestions” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (14:170-185) (Harrison misdates this item as 1845.)
  • “Fifty Suggestions” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Essays and Reviews, ed. G. R. Thompson, New York: Library of America (pp. 1297-1308)
  • Fifty Suggestions” — 1985 — The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe; Vol II- The Brevities, New York: Gordian Press, 1985  (2:475-507, and 2:xxvii-xxix)


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:

  • “Fifty Suggestions” — (a forgery by Joseph Cosey, now in the Gimble Collection, Philadelphia Free Public Library)  (This is a fragment of one page, bearing Poe’s name in a byline, and ending at “are dreamt of’ (oh, Andrew Jackson Davis!) in your philosophy [[. . .]]” In the upper right corner is the note “For G. R. G.—— for fills. December 1848.” The items are numbered 12, 14, 8, and 11.)



  • Hatvary, George Egon, “The Whereabouts of Poe’s ‘Fifty Suggestions’,” Poe Studies, December 1971, 4:47-48
  • 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.
  • Pollin, Burton R., ed., The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe; Vol II- The Brevities (Including “Marginalia,” “Pinakidia,” “Fifty Suggestions,” and “A Chapter of Suggestions,” New York: Gordian Press, 1985)


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