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” — February 6, 1918 — New York Evening Post (New York) (reprinted from the Dial) (This entry was provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail to the Poe Society dated November 3, 2017)
  • “Serenade” — March 31, 1918 — Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), vol. XVIII, no. 13, p. 23, last column (printed as part of an article about Dr. J. C. French’ discovery, called “Discovers Poe Poems”)
  • “Serenade” — April 7, 1918 — News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), vol. CVII, no. 96, p. 19, col. 5 (printed as part of an article about Dr. J. C. French’ discovery, called “Discovers Poe Poems,” but with the poem separated from the article by another short article, as if it was an afterthought to include it.)
  • “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” — 1918 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (third edition, pp. 175-176) (There is no imprint date, and only the copyright dates for 1911 and 1917 are shown, along with the preface to the second edition. In this edition, this poem replaces the appendix I item from the earlier editions)
  • Serenade” — [1925] — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 137, and p. 298)  (Although not specifically stated, there are at least 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, the original date of publication, but there are several references to a book first published in 1925 and an article printed on August 29, 1925)
  • “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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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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