Edgar Allan Poe — “Sonnet — Silence”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Sonnet — Silence” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Silence, a Sonnet” — December 25, 1839 — “Boyd” manuscript — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-02 — “Silence, a Sonnet” — January 4, 1840 — Saturday Courier — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-03 — “Silence, a Sonnet” — April 1840 — Burton’s — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-04 — “Sonnet — Silence” — February 25, 1843 — Saturday Museum — (Mabbott text D) (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 — Silence” — July 26, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-06 — “Sonnet — Silence” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)

 

Reprints:

  • Silence” — 1850 — WORKS — (Griswold reprints Text-06, trimming the title, but apparently under his own editorial authority)  (Mabbott text G)
  • Silence” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:27)
  • “Silence” — 1889 — American Sonnets, ed. William Sharp, London, Walter Scott (p. 176)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Silence” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:25, and p. 177)
  • Sonnet — Silence” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:85, and 10:201-202)
  • Sonnet — Silence” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 35, and pp. 223-224)
  • Sonnet — Silence” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 104-105, and pp. 240-241)
  • “Sonnet — Silence” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 90, and pp. 256-257)
  • Sonnet — Silence” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:320-323)
  • “Sonnet — Silence” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 77) (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:

  • “Sonnet — Le Silence” — 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.

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