Rejected — “Epigram from Pulci”


This minor item must now be removed from the Poe canon. In an e-mail to the Poe Society, dated May 20, 2018, Ton Fafianie identifies the source of these lines as from The Siamese Twins, a Satirical Tale of the Times, with Other Poems by Edward Bulwer (London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831), p. 30. The context there is one of series of statements made “in wretched Siamese,” and gives no indication of any kind about Luigi Pulci (1432-1484). Consequently, the translation is not by Poe, and the attribution to Pulci is evidently Poe’s invention, for his own purposes, perhaps with the intention of misleading.


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text — “Epigram from Pulci” — December 1, 1832 — Saturday Courier (Philadelphia, PA), vol. 2, no. 88 — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • None (the lines were not included in subsequent printings of “The Bargain Lost” under its revised form and title of “Bon-Bon.”


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Epigram from Pulci” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:211)


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • None.



  • 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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