Edgar Allan Poe — “Dream-Land”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Dream-Land” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Dream-Land” — 1844, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Dream-Land” — June 1844 — Graham’s — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “Dream-Land” — before June 28, 1845 — (speculated copy of Graham’s with manuscript changes made in preparation for the printing in the Broadway Journal. This marked copy no longer surivives, but the text is presumably reflected in Text-04)
  • Text-04 — “Dream-Land” — June 28, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-05 — “Dream-Land” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text C) (It is likely that Poe provided the same marked copy of Graham’s Magazine as he had used for the Broadway Journal printing. “Fountains” has reverted back to “Mountains” and the line beginning “For the heart ...” has been joined again with the subsequent lines to form a cohesive stanza. It is possible that Poe marked a copy of the Broadway Journal and made these corrections, partly supported by the change of “gray” to “grey.” On the other hand, the fact that “King” has regained its capitalized form argues in favor of the marked Graham’s copy, with the change of “grey” merely following the usual pattern for the publisher of adopting American spellings. (for Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)
  • Text-06 — “Dream-Land” — 1849 — two minor modifications in the J. L. Graham copy of RAOP — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-07 — “Dream-Land” — October 23, 1849 — Richmond Examiner — (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)  (Whitty and H&C erroneously give the date as October 29, 1849)



  • “Dreamland” — April 18, 1846 — Littel’s Living Age
  • Dream-Land” — late 1849 — Poets and Poetry of America (10th edition, dated 1850) — (Mabbott text D) (Griswold essentially reprints text-04, with some minor editorial changes)
  • Dream-Land” — 1850 — WORKS — (Griswold merely reprints Text 04, from the stereoplates and entirely ignoring Poe’s changes) (Mabbott text G)
  • “Dream-Land” — March, 1850 — American Whig Review (reprinted in a review)
  • “Dream-land” — 1852 — Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Humour; and Poems, London: Henry Vizetelly (An undated edition appears about the same time, published by Charles H. Clark and Samuel Orchart Beeton, and their name appears as publisher for the second series), second series pp. 248-249. (with no woodcut illustration) (this poem was omitted in some later printings)
  • “Dreamland” — March 28, 1871 — Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, OH), vol. XXVIII, no. 5, p. 1, col. 3 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allen [[Allan]] Poe.”)
  • Dreamland” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:28-29)
  • “Dreamland” — April 11, 1884 — Noblesville Independent (Noblesville, IN), vol. 10, no. 35, p. 7, col. 1 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe.”)
  • “Dreamland” — June 8, 1884 — Daily Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, NE), vol. 14, no. 275, p. 6, col. 2 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe.”)
  • “Dreamland” — May 21, 1911 — Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, IN), vol. 8, no. 350, p. 16, col. 5 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe.”)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Dream-Land” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:19-20, and p. 171)
  • Dream-Land” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:89-90, and 10:205)
  • Dream-Land” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (pp. 26-27, and p. 217)
  • Dream-Land” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 107-109, and pp. 244-245)
  • “Dream-Land” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (pp. 93-94, and pp. 258-259)
  • Dream-Land” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:342-347)
  • “Dream-Land” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (pp. 79-80) (reprints the text from Stovall, 1965)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • Dream-Land” — Comparative Text (Graham’s Magazine and Broadway Journal)
  • Dream-land” — Study Text (RAOP-JLG)


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Dream-Land” — a manuscript in the Huntington Library is considered suspicious. Mabbott states that it “is not regarded as authentic” (Poems, 1:343). In this version, the “black throne” of night is given as being red.
  • “Le Pays du Rêve” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)



  • Bailey, James O., “The Geography of Poe’s ‘Dream-Land‘ and ‘Ulalume‘,” Studies in Philology, July 1948, 45:512-523
  • Basler, Roy R., “Dream-Land,” Sex, Symbolism and Psychology, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1948
  • 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.
  • Whitty, James Howard, The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1911


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