Edgar Allan Poe — “Lines on Joe Locke”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Lines on Joe Locke” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — about 1831, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this the only known fragment from this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — February 28 and March 4, 1843 — Saturday Museum — (Mabbott text A) (quoted as part of an article about Poe, attributed to H. B. Hirst)
  • Text-03 — “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — November 1867 — second stanza only, Harper’s Monthly (vol. 35, p. 754) — (Mabbott text C)



  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — July 29, 1843 — Baltimore Saturday Visiter (quoted from the Saturday Museum, in an article adapted from the March 4, 1843 printing [Text-02b].)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — October 20, 1849 — M‘Makin’s Model American Courier (formerly called the Saturday Courier)  (quoted as part of an article about Poe by H. B. Hirst.) — (Mabbott text B)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — 1876 — Laurel Leaves (p. 368)  (from an article by William F. Gill)  (reprinted from Saturday Museum)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — 1878 — Life of Poe (p. 53)  (biography by William F. Gill)  (reprinted from Saturday Museum)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — 1880 — Edgar Allan Poe: His Life, Letters and Opinions (p. 84)  (reprinted as part of a long quotation from the article in Harper’s Magazine)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — 1902 — James A. Harrison, “Biography,” The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. I, New York: T. Y. Crowell (1:87) (reprinted from Text-03, thus only the second stanza)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — May 20, 1917 — “Unpublished Poems of Edgar Allan Poe’,” New York Times Book Reviews (p. 199) (reprinted in a review of the new edition by Whitty)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — 1926 — Mary E. Phillips, Edgar Allan Poe: The Man, Chicago: J. C. Winston (1:370) (reprinted, based on the context, from Text-02b)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — 1926 — Hervey Allen, Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: G. H. Doran Co. (1:282)
  • “[Lines on Joe Locke]” — April 1959 — Col. Richard Gimbel, “Quoth the Raven: An Exhibition of the Works of Edgar Allan Poe,” Yale University Library Gazette, vol. 33, no. 4 (printed in the description to 16)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Lines To Joe Locke” — 1917 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (p. 153, and p. 322)  (This poem was added to the second edition, and does not appear in the first edition of 1911)
  • A West Point Lampoon” — 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.)
  • “A West Point Lampoon” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 141, and pp. 296-297)
  • Lines on Joe Locke” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:150-151)
  • “Lines on Joe Locke” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 62) (reprints Text-02b, with the title assigned by Whitty, 1917)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

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Plain Text Files for Juxta:

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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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