Edgar Allan Poe — “For Annie”


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “For Annie” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “For Annie” — March 23, 1849 — “Annie” manuscript — (Mabbott text A) (Manuscript currently in the Gimbel Collection, Philadelphia Free Public Library.) (Given by Poe to Annie Richmond in 1849; sold at auction by Libbie & Co. of Boston, February 3-5, 1892, item 1155 for $105 to William Nelson, of Patterson, NJ (presumably from Annie Richmond herself, and not from the collection of Rev. Thomas Raffles, as suggested by the title of the auction); sold by Stan V. Henkles Auctions (Philadelphia, PA) on May 7, 1903, item 958 to George H. Richmond (1849-1904), a bookdealer of New York, NY, for $425 from the collection of William Nelson (1847-1914); George H. Richmond, Sr died suddenly in 1904 in Short Hills, NJ, and the manuscript was presumably inherited by his son, George H. Richmond, Jr. (1874-1911), who died in March 1911 in New Jersey (it was listed for sale by G. H. Richmond in 1904 in a catalog of Autograph Letters, Broadsides, MSS., etc, item 224, for $750); purchased prior to 1959 by Col. Richard Gimbel; donated to the Philadelphia Free Public Library in 1974)
  • Text-02 — “For Annie” — April 1, 1849 — “Chester” manuscript
  • Text-03 — “For Annie” — April 28, 1849 — Flag of Our Union — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “For Annie” — April 20, 1849 — “Willis” manuscript — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “For Annie” — April 28, 1849 — Home Journal — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06 — “For Annie” — May 16, 1849 — Oquawka Spectator — (Mabbott text E)
  • Text-07 — “For Annie” — about late May, 1849 — manuscript or corrected copy sent to Griswold for PPA — (The original item, possibly a copy of the Home Journal, with a minor correction written on it, is now lost, put presumably recorded as Text-08)
  • Text-08 — “For Annie” — Dec. 15, 1849 — Poets and Poetry of America (10th edition, dated 1850) — (Mabbott text F)
  • Text-09 — “For Annie” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text G)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • Text-10 — “For Annie” — about September 1849 — Richmond Examiner proof sheets — (Mabbott text Z)
  • Text-11 — “For Annie” — September 26, 1849, text “H” — “Talley” manuscript, lost and not recorded — (Mabbott text H)  (In her 1878 article “The Last Days of Edgar A. Poe,” p. 714, Mrs. Weiss writes: “On the way I was met by Miss Poe, who delivered a note left for me by her brother, containing a MS. copy of ‘Annie,’ — a poem then almost unknown, and which I had expressed a wish to see.”)



  • “For Annie” — July 31, 1849 — Daily Republican (Richmond, VA) (from the Home Journal) (see The Poe Log, p. 820-821)
  • “For Annie” — October 20, 1849 — Greensborough Patriot (Greensborough, NC), vol. XI, no. 27, p. 1, cols. 2-3 (acknowledged as from the Home Journal)
  • For Annie” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:32-34)
  • “Over at Last” — August 6, 1885 — Hicksville News (Hicksville, OH), vol. XI, no. 50, p. 2, col. 1 (acknowledged as by “Edgar A. Poe,” but with a new title and given in a truncated form, providing only seven stanzas.)
  • “For Annie” — April 23, 1899 — St. Louis Post-Dispatch (St. Louis, Missouri), vol. 50, no. 251, p. 42, col. 5 (acknowledged as by “Edgar A. Poe”.)
  • “For Annie” — October 21, 1905 — Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), vol. CXXXVII, no. 158, p. 7, across cols. 4-5 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe,” under the general heading of “Gems From the Poets” and with the brief introductory note: “Readers of Poe’s poems are impressed with the tone of regret and hopelessness that pervades them all. ‘No more, no more’ is their constant refrain. The poet’s mind is occupied incessantly with sorrow for ‘the lost Lenore;’ with him ‘the light of life is o’er.’ Death is much in his thoughts, and he seems fascinated with its horrors. In the following stanzas of the poem ‘For Annie,’ he represents life as a ‘fever,’ a period of suffering, and death as a happy recovery, bringing keen delight.”)
  • “For Annie” — March 16, 1917 — Mansfield News (Mansfield, OH), vol. XXIII, no. 9, p. 13, across cols. 5-6 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe,” and with the brief introductory note: “This is one of Poe’s most admired poems. It was written in 1849. In a letter to one of his correspondents named Annie, whom he held in affectionate regard, Poe wrote: ‘I think the lines ‘For Annie’ (those I now send) much the best I have ever written but an author can seldom depend on his own estimate of his own works so I wish to know what my Annie truly thinks of them.’ ”)
  • “For Annie” — January 21, 1909 — Santa Cruz News (Santa Cruz, CA), vol. III, no. 68, p. 3, col. 3 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe”.)
  • “For Annie” — May 1909 — Bibliophile (London, UK), (a facsimile of the full manuscript is given in an article by J. H. Ingram, pp. 134-135)
  • “For Annie” — October 16, 1910 — Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), vol. CXLVII, no. 153, p. 12, col. 7 (printed as part of an article about the discovery of a file of the Flag of Our Union, although mis-stated as being from 1847 rather than 1849, but with the correct year for the individual poems. The article implies that a new edition of the “Virginia Poe” edition was being planned by the publishers, although no new edition appeared.)
  • “For Annie” — 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 (facing p. 178) (prints a photographic facsimile of the first two-thirds of the manuscript)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • For Annie” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:90-93, and 10:195)
  • For Annie” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:111-114, and 10:216)
  • For Annie” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (pp. 74-77, and pp. 240-241)
  • For Annie” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 129-133, and pp. 287-291)
  • “For Annie” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (pp. 118-122, and pp. 283-286)
  • For Annie” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:452-461)
  • “For Annie” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (pp. 98-100) (reprints the text from Works, 1850)


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:

  • “[For Annie]” — September 22, 1881 — Eureka Herald (Eureka, KS), vol. XIV, no. 12, p. 1, col. 1 (two stanzas of Poe’s poem are used to begin an article about the death of President James A. Garfield. Poe is not mentioned, and the title for the article is simply “Dead.”)
  • “Pour Annie” — 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.
  • Hogue, L. Lynn, “Eroticism in Poe’s ‘For Annie’,” Emerson Society Quarterly, Fall 1970, 60:85-87
  • Ingrahm, John H., “Variations in Edgar Poe’s Poetry,” Bibliophile (London, UK), vol. III, May 1909, pp. 128-136.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • Robbins, J. Albert, “A New Manuscript of Poe’s ‘For Annie’,” Studies in Bibliography: Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1986, 39:261-265


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