Edgar Allan Poe — “Metzengerstein”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Metzengerstein” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Metzengerstein” — 1831, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Metzengerstein” — January 14, 1832 — Saturday Courier — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “Metzengerstein” — 1835, presumed heavily revised version of the tale, either with revisions made on a copy of the Saturday Courier, or written out as a new manuscript. This copy has not survived (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-04)
  • Text-04 — “Metzengerstein” — January 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-05 — “Metzengerstein” — about 1839 — manuscript revisions in “Duane” copy of Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-06 — “Metzengerstein” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-07 — “The Horse-Shade” — 1842 — manuscript title change in TGAPP — (This tale appeared in the second volume of TGAPP, which has not survived. Thus, these manuscript revisions are lost, but presumably recorded in Text-08)
  • Text-08 — “Metzengerstein” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text E) (This is Mabbott's copy-text)



  • “Metzengerstein” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 475-483 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe's Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • Metzengerstein” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 394-403 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Metzengerstein” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Tales, ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry (Chicago: Stone and Kimball), 1:297-308
  • Metzengerstein” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison (New York: T. Y. Crowell), 2:185-196 and 2:370-373
  • Metzengerstein” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), 2:15-31
  • “Metzengerstein” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 134-142
  • “Metzengerstein” — 2004 — The Selected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. G. R. Thompson (New York: W. W. Norton & Co.), pp. 81-89
  • “Metzengerstein” — 2015 — The Annotated Poe, ed. Kevin J. Hayes (Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press), pp. 25-36


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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Metzengerstein” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “Metzengerstein” — September 17, 1854 — Le Pays
    • “Metzengerstein” — 1856 — Histoires extraordinaires, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “Metzengerstein” — December 16, 1937 — a radio show broadcast on the CBS Columbia Workshop show, with music by Bernard Herrmann. (Herrmann became a famous composer of film scores, including Citizen Kane and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. He is best remembered for his long association with Alfred Hitchcock, providing the scores for Pyscho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and other classic suspense films. This episode is available on CD as part of a 6-CD set of “Smithsonian Legendary Performers,” issued in 2004. As was often the case with dramatic presentations of Poe's works, the story has been modified.)
  • “Metzengerstein” — 1971 — a reading by Martin Donegan as part of volume VII of Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, issued on the CMS Records label (CMS-630)
  • “Metzengerstein” — 2010 — Audio book, read by Chris Aruffo



  • Bousseyroux, Michel, “L‘ecriture du feu: ‘Metzengerstein,’ La lettre ecarlate et Un pretre marie,” Pas tant: Revue de la “Decourverte freudienne,” September 1995, 35:68-78
  • DeNuccio, Jerome, “History, Narrative, and Authority: Poe's ‘Metzengerstein’,” College Literature, June 1997, 24:71-81
  • Fisher, Benjamin F., “Poe's ‘Metzengerstein‘: Not a Hoax,” American Literature (January 1971), 42:487-494.
  • 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.
  • Hirsch, David H., “Poe's ‘Metzengerstein’ as a Tale of the Subconscious,” University of Mississippi Studies in English (1982), 3:40-52.
  • King, Lucille, “Notes on Poe's Sources,” University of Texas Studies in English (1930), 10:128-134.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.
  • Melchiori, Barbara, “The Tapestry Horse: ‘Childe Roland’ and ‘Metzengerstein’,” English Miscellany (1963), 14:185-193.
  • Smith, G. P., “Poe's ‘Metzengerstein’,” Modern Language Notes (June 1933), 48:356-359.
  • Thompson, G. Richard, “Poe's ‘Flawed’ Gothic: Absurdist Techniques in ‘Metzengerstein’ and the Courier Satires,” ESQ (Fall 1970, supplement), 60:38-58.
  • Wyllie, John Cooke, “A List of the Texts of Poe's Tales,” Humanistic Studies in Honor of John Calvin Metcalf, Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1941, pp. 322-338.


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