Edgar Allan Poe — “Pinakidia”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Pinakidia” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Pinakidia” — 1836, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Pinakidia” — August 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger



  • Pinakidia” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:493-507)  (Ingram selects about 70 of the 172 items, omitting the rest and altering the order of those he kept)  (In the 1876 version of what had been the Griswold edition, W. J. Widdleton incorporated Ingram's additions, including the Pinakidia, 2:506-520. Note that Woodberry and Stedman chose not to print any of the “Pinakidia” in their edition of 1894-1895)
  • “Pinakidia” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. C. F. Richardson, New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (9:155-175)  (Richardson merely reprints the text as assembled by Ingram.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Pinakidia” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (14:38-72)  (Harrison restores the full text of “Pinakidia,” but changes the order of several items, presumably to take advantage of space available at the end of pages.)
  • Pinakidia” — 1985 — The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe; Vol II- The Brevities, New York: Gordian Press, 1985  (2:1-55, 2:55-106, and 2:xi-xv)  (Pollin restores the full text, in correct order, and adds a number of miscellaneous notes from the Southern Literary Messenger as “Supplementary Pinkakia,” 2:424-453, and 2:xxiv-xxv)


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:

  • [Excerpts, as two short articles] — August 27, 1836 — New Yorker (New York, NY), vol. I, no. 23:
    • “Scraps” (p. 359, col. 3, “Pinakidia” entries 109, 113, 135, 136, 138, 140 and 141)
    • “Gems of Sacred Poetry” (p. 360, col. 2, “Pinakidia” entries 146, 150, 171 and 172)



  • Adams, Percy, “Poe a Critic of Voltaire,” Modern Language Notes, April 1942, 57:273-275
  • Griggs, Earl Leslie, “Five Sources of Poe's ‘Pinakidia’,” American Literature, May 1929, 1:196-199
  • 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.
  • Holt, Palmer C., “Poe and H. N. Coleridge's Greek Classic Poets: ‘Pinakidia,’ ‘Politian’ and ‘Morella’ Sources, American Literature, March 1962, 34:8-30
  • Jackson, David K., “Poe Notes: ‘Pinakida’ and 'some Ancient Greek Authors’,” American Literature, November 1933, 5:258-267
  • Knowlton, Edgar C., “Poe's Debt to Father Bouhours,” Poe Newsletter, December 1971, 4:27-29
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, “ ‘Antediluvian Antiquties’: A Curiosity of American Literature and a Source of Poe's,” American Collector, July 1927, 4:124-126
  • 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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