Edgar Allan Poe — “Serenade”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Serenade” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Serenade” — 1833, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Serenade” — April 20, 1833 — Baltimore Saturday Visiter — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text) (This poem was discovered by John Calvin French in 1917.)



  • “Serenade” — January 7, 1918 — “Doctor French Finds Poems of Poe,” unsigned article about John C. French, Johns Hopkins News-Letter (vol. XXII, no. 12, pp. 1, col. 4, and p. 2 col. 3, with the poem appearing on p. 2.)
  • “Serenade” — January 31, 1918 — article by John C. French, Dial (64:121)
  • “Serenade” — May 1918 — in John C. French, “Poe and the Baltimore Saturday Visiter,” Modern Language Notes (33:257)
  • “Serenade” — December 1918 — in J. H. Whitty, “Three Poems by Edgar Allan Poe,” The Nation, 107:700. (The text of the three poems is reprinted from the earlier articles by J. C. French. Whitty subsequently included all three poems in a revised edition of his collection of Poe’s poems.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Serenade” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 137, and p. 298)  (Although not specifically stated, there are two issues of this edition, and this poem appears in the second, displacing several poems on a few other pages. The copyright date is 1917, but two notes reference an article printed as late as May 1918)
  • “Serenade” — 1918 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (second edition, pp. 175-176)
  • “Serenade” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 132, and p. 291-292)
  • Serenade” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:222-223)
  • “Serenade” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (pp. 71-72) (reprints Text-09)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

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Plain Text Files for Juxta:

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

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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