Edgar Allan Poe — “To One in Paradise”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “To One in Paradise” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “[Untitled]” — about 1833 — questionable manuscript, now lost but text recorded in 1852 — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-02 — “[Untitled]” — January 1834 — in “The Visionary,” The Lady’s Book — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-03 — “[Untitled]” — July 1835 — in “The Visionary,” Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-04 — “To Ianthe in Heaven” — July 1839 — Burton’s — (Mabbott text D) (In a letter to P. P. Cooke, Poe mentions that he is sending copies of the July, August, and September 1839 issues of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, but in Cooke’s reply it is clear that he is responding only to a number of the stories as printed in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, of which Poe had sent Cooke an inscribed copy. He does not mention either of the poems by Poe that appeared in this issue. There is no reason to suspect that any of these magazine copies contained manuscript revisions by Poe.)
  • Text-05 — “[Untitled]” — 1840 — in “The Visionary,” Tales of the G & A — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-06 — “To Ianthe in Heaven” — 1840/1841 — American Melodies (This book is dated 1841, but copyrighted as 1840) — (Mabbott text F)
  • Text-07 — “To One Beloved” — January 9, 1841 — Saturday Evening Post — (Mabbott text G)
  • Text-08 — “[Untitled]” — about 1841 — abridged text with first and last stanzas only, “Herring” manuscript — (Mabbott text J) (Originially written in the album of Mary Estelle Herring. On December 7, 1925, it was removed from the album and given by Annie S. Burek, M. E. Herring’s neice, to Dr. Thomas Stephen Cullen (1868-1953). Mrs. Burek was married to Marion K. Burek. It has been beautifully bound in green leather, presumably by Dr. Cullen, who gave the item to the Enoch Pratt Free Library.)
  • Text-09 — “To One in Paradise” — February 25, 1843 — Saturday Museum — (Mabbott text H) (Poe sent two copies of this article to J. R. Lowell, one on October 19, 1843 and a second on May 28, 1844. In both cases, he appears to have done so for the purpose of providing Lowell with some biographical material to use for his article on Poe for Graham’s Magazine. There is no indication that any of the poems in these copies had modifications made by Poe.)
  • Text-10 — “To One Departed” — about 1844 — “Huntington” manuscript — (Mabbott text Z) (doubted by Mabbott)
  • Text-11 — “To One in Paradise” — May 10, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text K)
  • Text-12 — “[To One in Paradise]” — June 7, 1845 — in “The Assignation,” Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text L)
  • Text-13 — “To One in Paradise” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text M) (for Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, with one change from Text-14, see the entry below, under reprints.
  • Text-14 — “To One in Paradise” — 1845 — RAOP-JLG, with minor manuscript revisions — (Mabbott text N)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • “To Ianthe in Heaven” — July 3, 1839 — Pennsylvania Inquirer  (reprinted as part of a review of  the July issue of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, p. 2, col. 2)
  • “To One in Paradise” — November 26, 1845 — New-York Daily Tribune
  • “To One in Paradise” — November 29, 1845 — New-York Weekly Tribune
  • “To One in Paradise” — January 10, 1846  — Western Literary Messenger (Buffalo, NY), vol. 5, no. 23, p. 360, col. 2 (Reprinted from RAOP, as part of a review of the book)
  • “To One in Paradise” — November 10, 1849 — Home Journal (prints only the 3rd stanza)
  • To One in Paradise” — late 1849 — Poets and Poetry of America (10th edition, dated 1850) — (Mabbott text P)
  • [To One in Paradise]” — 1850 — in “The Assignation,” WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-12  (Mabbott text Q)
  • To One in Paradise” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text R)
  • “To One in Paradise” — May 1850 — Boston Ladies’ Repository (Boston, MA) (prints only the 1st stanza)
  • “To One in Paradise” — October 9, 1850 — Journal of Commerce (New York) (prints only the 1st stanza)
  • “To One in Paradise” — October 11, 1850 — Boston Daily Evening Transcript (Boston, MA) (prints only the 1st stanza, reprinted from Journal of Commerce 
  • “To One in Paradise” — October 15, 1850 — Rochester Democrat (Rochester, NY) (prints only the 1st stanza, reprinted from Journal of Commerce)
  • “To One in Paradise” — October 19, 1850 — Examiner (Richmond, VA) (prints only the 1st stanza)
  • “To One in Paradise” — November 9, 1850 — Christian Freeman Family Visitor (Concord, NH) (prints only the 1st stanza)  (reprinted from Journal of Commerce)
  • “To One in Paradise” — May 2, 1854 — The Banner (Melbourne, Victoria), vol. LXXIV p. 4
  • “To One in Paradise” — 1861 — The Loves and Heroines of the Poets, ed. R. H. Stoddard, New York: Derby and Jackson (p. 452) (In the preface, the editor of this roughly chronologically arranged collection states that “My object in this volume is to present specimens of English love-poetry, especially that which is, or seems to be, addressed to particular women.” For Poe, the other poem presented is “To Helen [[Whitman]].”
  • To One in Paradise” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:26)
  • “To One in Paradise” — October 30, 1914 — The Evening News (San Jose, CA) (p. 2) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 161.)
  • “To One in Paradise” — November 21, 1915 — Philadelphia Inquirer (p. 2) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 161.)
  • “To One in Paradise” — January 20, 1918 — New York Tribune (New York, NY), vol. LXXVII, whole no. 25,998, p. 38, col. 1 (printed along with an article about “The Birthday of Unhappy Edgar Allan Poe.”)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • To One in Paradise” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry (Chicago: Stone and Kimball), 10:79-80 and 10:189-191
  • To One in Paradise” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison (New York: T. Y. Crowell), 10:86 and 10:202-203
  • To One in Paradise” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co.), p. 31 and pp. 220-222
  • “To One Departed” — November 21, 1915 — J. H. Whitty, “New Poe Poems and Manuscripts Found,” New York Sun (In this article, Whitty prints the text of the “Huntington” manuscript, with the note: “One of the most interesting Poe manuscript discoveries made of late is a reconstructed version of his lines, The [[To]] One in Paradise, published in Godey’s Lady’s Book for January, 1834. A collector has the original manuscript, which is signed by Poe with his full name. Its history has not yet been fully traced.” The article was also printed, on the same date, in the Baltimore American)
  • To One in Paradise” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell (Boston: Ginn and Company), pp. 77-78 and pp. 221-222
  • “To One in Paradise” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia), p. 59 and pp. 239-242
  • To One in Paradise” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), 1:211-216
  • “To One in Paradise” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 69-70 (reprints the text from Stovall, 1965)
  • “To One in Paradise” — 2015 — The Annotated Poe, ed. Kevin J. Hayes (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), pp. 372-374


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

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



  • Basler, Roy P., “Byronism in Poe’s ‘To One in Paradise,” American Literature, May 1937, 9:232-236
  • Caputi, Anthony, “The Refrain in Poe’s Poetry,” American Literature, May 1953, 25:169-178
  • 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, “Unrecorded Texts of Two of Poe’s Poems,” American Notes & Queries, August 1948, 8:67-68
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • Rede, Kenneth, “New Poe Manuscript,” American Collector, December 1926, 3:100-102  (the manuscript of Text-08 is reproduced)


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