Edgar Allan Poe — “Alone” (“From childhood’s hour . . .”)


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • Alone” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Original [Alone]” — about 1829 — manuscript — (Mabbott text A) (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • Alone” — September 1875 — Scribner’s Monthly Magazine (10:608) — (Mabbott text B) (The poem was printed as a facimile, but with the title and a date added. These adjustments, by Eugene L. Dider, caused some concern about the authenticity of the poem, concerns which have long since been dismissed.) (Although dated as September 1875, this periodical was almost certainly available by mid-August 1875, as confirmed by the following item.)
  • “Alone” — August 17, 1875 — Hartford Daily Courant (p. 2) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 161.)
  • “Alone” — August 29, 1875 — Baltimore Sunday News (this item is noted by W. T. Bandy.)
  • “Alone” — November 13, 1875 — Australian Town and Country (Syndey, Australia), vol. XII, no. 306, p. 25 (acknowledged as from the Scribner’s facsimile)
  • “Alone” — 1876 — Poems and Essays of Edgar Allan Poe (Ingram) (This is the American edition, published by W. J. Widdleton.) (In this edition, the poem has been inserted as an illustration, noted as such in the list of illustrations. It is essentially a copy of the facsimile from Scribner’s. It appears as tipped in on p. 115. It therefore presumably predates the release of the 4 volume edition. A one-volume edition of The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, including Poetry and Prose, with a translated introduction by Baudelaire, also issued by Widdleton and dated 1876 on the title page and copyrighted in 1876, does not include the poem and probably came out earlier in 1876. Ingram never fully accepted the poem, and the decision for including it was presumably made by the publisher, either without Ingram’s knowledge or over his objection.)
  • “Alone” — 1876 — Works (Ingram) (This is the American edition, published by W. J. Widdleton, dated 1876 but probably issued late in 1875. In this edition, the poem has been inserted as a facsimile from Scribner’s, appearing after “To Helen,” p. 114.)
  • “Alone” — 1876 — Works (Ingram) (This is the American edition, published by W. J. Widdleton. In this edition, the poem has been set in type, appearing on p. 115.)
  • Alone” — 1877 — Life and Poems, W. J. Widdleton (with a new memoir by E. L Didier) — (Mabbott text C)
  • “Alone” — 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. 114) (Ingram collects the poem as “Doubtful,” along with three poems by A. M. Ide. Ingram’s note begins: “Of the many verses from time to time ascribed to the pen of Edgar Poe, and not included among his known writings, the lines entitled ‘Alone’ have the chief claim to our notice.” Ingram further states that he had “Fac-simile copies of this piece” in his possession “some time previous to its publication in Scribern’s Magazine for September 1875; but as proofs of the authorship claimed for it were not forthcoming” Ingram “refrained from publishing it as requested.” There is, however, no clear evidence to support the idea that Ingram had seen the manuscript in any form prior to the publication of the Scribner’s facsimile. Again, Ingram repeats his concerns about the handwriting, particularly of the title and dating, which are now known to have been added by E. L. Didier. Ingram was never entirely able to separate his opinion of this poem from his early misgivings about the facsimile.)
  • “Alone” — 1926 — in Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe, by Hervey Allen, New York: George H. Doran Co, facsimile of the original MS, p. vi (as given by Didier from Scribner’s)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Alone” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:138, and p. 237)
  • Alone” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe: vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York, T. Y. Crowell, 1902 (Harrison includes it in an appendix titled “Poems Attributed to Poe,” 7:227, with the text reprinted from the facsimile in Scribner’s)
  • From an Album (Alone)” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (p. 135, and pp. 282-283)
  • Alone” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 139, and p. 299, although in the first issue of this edition the poem appears on p. 138.)
  • “Alone” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 129, and p. 290)
  • Alone” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe - vol. I: Poems, ed. Thomas Ollive Mabbott, Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:145-147)
  • “Alone” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 60) (reprints the text from Mabbott, 1969)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • Original [Alone]” — Comparative Text (MS and Scribner’s)
  • Alone” — Comparative Text (MS and Life and Poems)


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Solo” — 1932 — Los poemas de Edgar Poe, Buenos Aires: Vion Y Zona (translation and notes by Carlos Obligado)
  • “Seul” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)



  • Bandy, William T., “Poe’s ‘Alone’: The First Printing,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 1976, 70:405-406
  • Cauthen, Irby B., Jr., “Poe’s ‘Alone’: Its Background, Source, and Manuscript,” Studies in Bibliography, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1950, 3:284-291
  • 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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