Edgar Allan Poe — “To Marie Louise [Shew]”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “To Marie Louise [Shew]” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “To Marie Louise” — December 1847-January 1848 — undated manuscript in the Library of Congress (Collection Concerning Edgar Allan Poe, 1845-1952, Manuscript Division), given to the library about November 1953 by Mrs. Gertrude Clarke Whittall (1867-1965). (The gift is noted in the Philadelphia Inquirer for November 17, 1953.) Mrs. Shew, later Mrs. Houghton, sent the original manuscript to J. H. Ingram on March 28, 1875. It was presumably sold about 1888, when Ingram appears to have parted with a number of his more valuable Poe items — (Mabbott text A — This is Mabbott's copy-text for this early version, based on a tracing kept to J. H. Ingram)
  • Text-02 — “To — — —” — about January-February 1848 — (speculated manuscript sent to Columbian Magazine for publication) (Although this manuscript has apparently not survived, it is presumably recorded in Text-03.)
  • Text-03 — “To — — —” — March 1848 — Columbian Magazine — (Mabbott text B — This is Mabbott's copy-text for the final version)



  • “[To — — —]” — June 1848 — Christian Parlor Book: Devoted to Literature, Morals, and Religion (New York, NY) — vol. 5, no. 2, p. 61 (this reprint gives the poem from the Columbian without acknowledgement, title or Poe's name, and omitting the first 6 lines. It appears in the regular section called “Editor's Miscellany,” — unsigned but presumably by Joel Tyler Headley, who was the editor — and with a short introductory note that reads: “After all, it seems not to be the easiest thing in the world to fix the precise boundary between poetry and fustian; for in a late number of a literary magazine, in the main of a very creditable character, occurs a fugitive from the pen of one by no means unknown in the world of letters, which, fugitive in our estimation, respectably endorsed though it is, would be quite as much at home on the other side of this boundary line, as in the position it now occupies. Here is a sample of it: —”) (Information for this entry was sent by Ton Fafianie to the Poe Society in an e-mail dated October 25, 2021.)
  • To — —” (“Not long ago ...”) — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-03  (Mabbott text C)
  • To —— ——” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:24-25)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • To —— ——” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:89, and pp. 194-195)
  • To —— ——” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:106, and 10:214)
  • To — — —” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 68, and pp. 236-237)
  • To — — —” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 121-122, and pp. 277-278)
  • “To — —” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 108, and pp. 275-276)
  • To Marie Louise” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:405-409)
  • “To —— —— ——” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 88) (reprints Text-02)


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None


Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Unmacht” — October 1949 — De Tsjerne, vol. 4, no. 10, p. 316 (Dokkum, Netherlands, published by J. Kamminga) (Frisian translation by Marten Brower, who also provided information for this entry)
  • “A — — —” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)



  • 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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