Edgar Allan Poe — “King Pest”





  • Hugh Tarpaulin - A seaman.
  • Legs - A fellow seaman of Hugh Tarpaulin.
  • King Pest - Under development.
  • Arch Duchess Ana-Pest - Under development.
  • Arch Duke Pest-Iferous - Under development.
  • Duke Pest-Ilential - Under development.
  • Duke Tem-Pest - Under development.
  • Tim Hurlygurly - Mentioned, an organ-grinder. It is suggested that he is the real person presenting himself as King Pest.
  • etc. - Under development.


Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.


Under development.


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “King Pest” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:



  • King Pest. A Tale containing an Allegory” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-06 (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)  (Griswold corrects several typographical errors, and there is one minor verbal difference. Mabbott presumes that this is auctorial, but it might just as easily be a misreading by the typesetter as it repeats a word used earlier in the same sentence.)
  • “King Pest” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 67-79 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • King Pest” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 278-291) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • King Pest” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:58-74) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • King Pest” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (2:168-184, and 2:367-370)
  • King Pest” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:238-255)
  • “King Pest” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 240-252


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Le roi peste” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “Le roi peste” — January 23-27, 1855 — Le Pays
      • “Le roi peste” — Part I  (January 23, 1855)
      • “Le roi peste” — Part II  (January 26, 1855)
      • “Le roi peste” — Part III  (January 27, 1855)
    • “Le roi peste” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères



  • Goldhurst, William, “Poe’s Multiple King Pest: A Source Study,” Tulane Studies in English (1972), 20:107-121.
  • 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.
  • Hudson, Ruth Leigh, “Poe and Disraeli,” American Literature (January 1937), 8:402-416.
  • Lucas, Mary, “Poe’s Theatre: ‘King Pest’ and ‘Hop-Frog’,” Journal of the Short Story in English (1990), 14:25-40.
  • 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.
  • Whipple, William, “Poe’s Political Satire,” University of Texas Studies in English (1956), 35:81-95.
  • 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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