Edgar Allan Poe — “Sonnet — To Zante”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Sonnet — To Zante” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Sonnet — To Zante” — 1836, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Sonnet — To Zante” — January 1837, text “A” — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “To Zante” — November 6, 1840 — “Stoddard” manuscript — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Sonnet — To Zante” — February 25 and March 4, 1843 — Saturday Museum — (Mabbott text C) (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-05 — “Sonnet — To Zante” — July 19, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06 — “Sonnet — To Zante” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-07 — “ Sonnet — To Zante” — 1849 — in “A Reviewer Reviewed” manscript — (Mabbott text F)
  • Text-08 — “To Zante” — late 1849 — Poets and Poetry of America (10th edition, dated 1850) — (Mabbott text G)

 

Reprints:

  • To Zante” — 1850 — WORKS — (Griswold reprints Text-06, but trims the title, probably editorially)  (Mabbott text H)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • “To Zante” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:30)
  • “To Zante” — 1889 — American Sonnets, ed. William Sharp, London, Walter Scott (p. 178)
  • “To Zante” — 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 (inserted between pp. 163-164) (prints a photographic facsimile, although somewhat indistinct, as item 41)
  • “To Zante” — January 30-31, 1990 — Sotheby’s (NY) sale catalog (H. B. Martin) (item 2222) (prints a transcript from the original manuscript of the letter)
  • “To Zante” — 2006 — Susan Jaffe Tane, Nevermore: The Edgar Allan Poe Collection of Susan Jaffe Tane, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Library (facing p. 15) (prints a photographic facsimile, in color, although somewhat indistinct as the manuscript has faded)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • To Zante” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:24, and pp. 176-177)
  • Sonnet to Zante” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:80, and 10:197-198)
  • Sonnet — To Zante” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 28, and p. 218)
  • Sonnet — To Zante” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 102, and pp. 235-236)
  • “Sonnet — To Zante” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 87, and p. 253)
  • To Zante” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:310-312)
  • “Sonnet — To Zante” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 75) (reprints Text-06)

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Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

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

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Bibliography:

  • 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.
  • Pollin, Burton R., “Poe’s ’sonnet — To Zante‘: Sources and Associations,” Comparative Literature Studies, September 1968, 5:303-315

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