Edgar Allan Poe — “To Margaret”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “To Margaret” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “To Margaret” — about 1827 — manuscript — (Mabbott text A — This is Mabbott's copy-text) — [This poem, along with a poem composed by Poe's brother, Henry, was written in the album of Miss Margaret Bassett, a young girl in Baltimore, about 1827. (As Mabbott notes, nothing in the album is dated later than 1828.) The poem by Poe's brother, “Woman,” is dated September 11, 1827. In 1833, another poem in the album was written by Poe's friend Lambert A. Wilmer. Miss Bassett moved from Baltimore to Huntsville, AL, where she lived with her brother, John Bassett. His granddaughter, who was named Lenore, inherited the album from her aunt, and it remained in the family and unknown to the public until it was sold at auction on March 30, 1930.]



  • “To Margaret” — March 30, 1930 — auction catalog of Walpole Galleries (Item 76, with a facsimile of the poem)
  • “To Margaret” — November 28, 1931 — T. O. Mabbott, Notes and Queries (London) 
  • To Margaret” — 1941 — T. O. Mabbott, “Introduction,” Tamerlane and Other Poems, New York: Facsimile Text Society (p. xvii)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • To Margaret” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:14-16)
  • “To Margaret” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 23) (reprints the text from Mabbott, 1969)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

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  • 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 (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.


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