Edgar Allan Poe — “A Tale of Jerusalem”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “A Tale of Jerusalem” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1831-1832 — (There are no known draft manuscripts or scratch notes reflecting the original effort of composition.)
  • Text-02 — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1832
    • Text-02a — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1832 — (Speculated faircopy manuscript sent to the editors of the Saturday Courier as an entry in their contest, and from which the story was initially printed. As was typical, the manuscript was probably destroyed in setting type for Text-02b.)
    • Text-02b — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — June 9, 1832 — Saturday Courier — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1832-1836
    • Text-03a — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1832-1836 — (Speculated copy of the Saturday Courier with revisions made with the intention of reprinting the tale. This missing text is presumably reflected in text-03b.)
    • Text-03b — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — April 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1839
    • Text-04a — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — about 1839 — (although these pages in the Duane copy of the Southern Literary Messenger show no sign of changes, the version published in TGA shows numerous modifications, which suggests an intermediary form. It is likely, therefore, that Poe made changes in copies other than those which were ultimately owned by Duane, and that those copies have not been located and possibly have not survived. Poe appears to have attempted to erase his changes in the Duane copies, and it is possible that a copy exists in which these erased changes have been overlooked. This missing text is presumably reflected in text-04b.)
    • Text-04b — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1842-1845
    • Text-05a — “A Pig Tale” — 1842 — manuscript title revision 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-05b.)
    • Text-05b — “A Tale of Jerusalem” — September 20, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text D — This is Mabbott's copy-text) (For Griswold's 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)



  • “A Tale of Jerusalem” — July 6, 1832 — Northern Pennsylvanian, and Luzerne and Susquehanna Advertiser (Dundaff, PA), no. 15, p. 1, cols. 2-3 (reprinted from the Saturday Courier. Poe's name is not mentioned, just as it is not given in the Courier. In the reprint, the motto was omitted.) (Information for this entry was provided to the Poe Society by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail dated October 4, 2019)
  • A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text E) (Griswold reprints Text-05b.)
  • “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 10-14 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe's Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 217-221) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:16-21)
  • A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (2:214-219, and 2:378-379)
  • A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:41-51)
  • “A Tale of Jerusalem” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 147-150


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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Un événement à Jérusalem” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “Un événement à Jérusalem” — March 20, 1859 — Revue française
    • “Un événement à Jérusalem” — 1865 — Histoires grotesques et sérieuses, Paris: Michel Lévy frères



  • 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. (The best overall bibliography of Poe, although it does contain errors and is somewhat outdated.)
  • 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. (Second printing 1979)
  • Quinn, Patrick F., ed., Poetry and Tales, New York: The Library of America, 1978. (A good basic collection, although there are errors in some of the texts.)
  • Varner, J. G., “Poe's ‘Tale of Jerusalem,’ and The Talmud,” American Book Collector, February 1935, 6:56-57
  • 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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