Edgar Allan Poe — “A Dream within a Dream”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “A Dream within a Dream” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings (full text):

  • Text-01 — “Imitation” — 1827, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text 02)
  • Text-02 — “Imitation” — 1827 — TAOP — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for “Imitation”)
  • Text-03 — “To — —” — about 1828 — “Wilmer” manuscript, now lost but text recorded — (Mabbott text A1)
  • Text-04 — “To — —” — 1829 — ATMP — (Mabbott text C1)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for “To — —”)
  • Text-05 — “[To — —]” — 1831 — POEMS (incorporated into “Tamerlane” as section XXIV) — (Mabbott text D1)
  • Text-06 — “For Annie” — Early 1849 — “Annie” manuscript — (Mabbott text A2)
  • Text-07 — “A Dream within a Dream” — March 31, 1849 — Flag of Our Union — (Mabbott text B2)
  • Text-08 — “To —” — about August 1849 — Richmond Examiner proof sheets — (Mabbott text C2)

 

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings (extracts):

  • To — —” — December 1829 — Yankee (excerpts only) — (Mabbott text B1)

 

Reprints:

  • “To —” — 1830 — Baltimore Minerva and Emerald  (printed as part of a review of ATMP)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text 07 — (Mabbott text D2)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for “A Dream Within a Dream”)
  • “To —— ——” — May 21, 1864 — as part of “Literariana” in Roundtable (New York, NY), p. 361 (apparently reprinted from ATMP)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:27-28)
  • “Imitation” — June 1876 — John H. Ingram, “The Unknown Poetry of Edgar Poe,” Belgravia: A London Illustrated Magazine (London, UK) (29:511-512) (reprinted from the recently discovered copy of TAOP from the British Museum, and thus the first reprint of this early version of the poem since 1827) (Ingram’s text makes what appear to be editorial adjustments, such as rendering Poe’s somewhat affected “unfathom’d” as “unfathomed” and modifying the use of commas, but does not sustain R. H. Shepherd’s charge that Ingram’s printed text is “shown to be valueless on account of its inaccuracies.”)
  • “Imitation” — June 8, 1876 — John H. Ingram, “Poe’s Suppressed Poetry,” New York Graphic, p. 805 (reprinted from Belgravia for June 1876)
  • “Imitation” — June 21, 1876 — John H. Ingram, “Unknown Poetry of Poe,” Home Journal (New York, NY) (reprinted from Belgravia for June 1876)
  • “Imitation” — 1884 — Poems and Essays of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. John H. Ingram, Leipzig: Bernard Tauchnitz (p. 156) (according to BAL, 7:136, issued as early as January 1884)
  • “Imitation” — 1884 — Tamerlane and Other Poems, ed. Richard Herne Shepherd, London: George Redway (p. 49)  (Having long been thought lost, a copy of the original Tamerlane and Other Poems of 1827 was discovered in the British Museum and printed in this “second edition.”)
  • “Imitation” — 1884 — The Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. John H. Ingram, London: John C. Nimmo (4:327)
  • “Imitation” — 1888 — The Complete Poetical Works and Essays on Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. John H. Ingram, London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co. (p. 105)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:130, and p. 227-229)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:16, and 10:150-152)
  • “To —” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 123, and pp. 273-275)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 26-28, and pp. 161-163)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 18, and pp. 180-183)  (In his notes, Stovall reprints the full text of the 1827 “Imitation” and the 1829 “To — —”)
  • Imitation” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:75-76) (Mabbott prints the three main versions of this poem as separate items, although he notes in the descriptive text that they are related to one another.)
  • To — —” (“Should my early life seem”) — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:129-132)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:450-452)
  • “Imitation” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 34) (reprints Text-02)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 97) (reprints Text-07)

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Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • 1980 - the movie “The Fog” (directed by John Carpenter) — The film begins with the text, on screen, of the last two lines of the poem (with Poe’s name, but without the specific poem being noted.)
  • “A rêve dans un rêve” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)

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Bibliography:

  • 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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