Edgar Allan Poe — “A Dream”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “A Dream” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “[Untitled]” — 1827, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “[Untitled]” — 1827 — TAOP — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “A Dream” — about 1828, assumed as having been part of the Wilmer manuscript collection. This manuscript has not survived (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-04)
  • Text-04 — “A Dream” — 1829 — ATMP — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-05 — “A Dream” — 1845 — manuscript changes in ATMP-EH in preparation for the Broadway Journal and RAOP — (Mabbott text C) (The only “changes” in this version are a small symbol near the top of the page to mark the selection, and the additon of a “P” as a signature at the end. The initial was presumably added because that is the way it was signed in the BJ printing.)
  • Text-06 — “A Dream” — August 16, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-07 — “A Dream” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text E)  (This is Mabbott's copy-text) (For Griswold's 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)



  • “A Dream” — September 1, 1845 — Chambersburg Times (Pennsylvania) (An unathorized reprint from the Broadway Journal, a reprint of “Lenore” appearing in the same issue and being criticized by Poe in the Broadway Journal for September 13, 1845. An apparently unique file of the newspaper is in the collection of the Franklin County Historical Society, in Kittochtinny, PA)
  • A Dream” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold merely reprints Text-06  (Mabbott text F)
  • “A Dream” — 1852 — Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Humour; and Poems, London: Henry Vizetelly (An undated edition appears about the same time, published by Charles H. Clark and Samuel Orchart Beeton, and their name appears as publisher for the second series), second series p. 198. (with no woodcut illustration)
  • “A Dream” — November 26, 1856 — Weekly Shelby News (Shelbyville, KY), vol. 17, no. 48, p. 1, col. 4 (attributed as by “Edgar Allan Poe”) (This entry was provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail to the Poe Society of September 21, 2017)
  • “A Dream” — January 5, 1858 — Richmond Enquirer (Richmond, VA), p. 4, col. 1 (This entry was provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail to the Poe Society of September 21, 2017)
  • “A Dream” — 1882 — Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (ed. Henry Llewellyn Williams), New York: Hurst & Co., pp. 185-186 (the editor gives the 1827 version, with the note that “the first four lines, as given here, were in that edition [1827], but were subsequently omitted, for no obvious reason.”)
  • “A Dream” — 1884 — Tamerlane and Other Poems, ed. Richard Herne Shepherd, London: George Redway (pp. 52)  (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.”)
  • A Dream” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:85)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • A Dream” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:134, and p. 231)
  • A Dream” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:19, and 10:153-154)
  • A Dream” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 126, and p. 276)
  • A Dream” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 30, and p. 166)
  • “A Dream” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 21, and pp. 184-185)
  • A Dream” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:79-80)
  • “A Dream” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 36) (reprints Text-02, but with the title assigned in Text-03)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Un Rêve” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)



  • 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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