Edgar Allan Poe — “The Divine Right of King”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Divine Right of King” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Divine Right of Kings” — 1845, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Divine Right of Kings” — October 1845 — Graham’s Magazine — (Mabbott text A) (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • “The Divine Right of Kings” — November 21, 1915 — J. H. Whitty, “New Poe Poems and Manuscripts Found,” New York Sun (In this article, Whitty first attibutes the poem to Poe. This article also attributes to Poe a poem called “Life’s Vital Stream,” which has since been identified as a copy Poe made of a poem by someone else. The article was also printed, on the same date, in the Baltimore American)
  • “The Divine Right of Kings” — January 27, 1916 — J. H. Whitty, “Discoveries in the Uncollected Poems of Edgar Allan Poe,” New York Nation (pp. 105-106) (a revision of the previous article)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • The Divine Right of Kings” — 1917 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co (p. 150, and pp. 320-321)  (This poem was added to the second edition, and does not appear in the first edition of 1911)
  • The Divine Right of Kings” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (p. 144, and p. 303, although in the first issue of this edition the poem appears on p. 143.)
  • The Divine Right of Kings” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:382-385)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None


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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