Edgar Allan Poe — “The Devil in the Belfry”





  • The narrator (unnamed) - The narrator of this story is chiefly an observer.
  • The Devil - Under development.
  • The Belfry-man - Under development.
  • The various inhabitants of Vondervotteimittiss - The burghers, the fraus (women), the boys, the cats, the dogs, and the pigs.
  • etc. - Under development.


Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.


Under development.


Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Devil in the Belfry. An Extravaganza.” — 1839, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Devil in the Belfry. An Extravaganza.” — May 18, 1839 — Saturday Chronicle — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Devil in the Belfry. An Extravaganza.” — 1839 — (speculated copy of the Saturday Chronicle with minor corrections by Poe in anticipation of reprinting in TGA. This version is lost, but presumably reflected in text-04. Changes are extensive in number, but very minor in nature, with even the few verbal differences being only a matter of a word or two. It is thus possible that Poe's changes were made in proof of TGA.)
  • Text-04 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1840— TGA — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-05 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1840 — manuscript revision in “Pedder” copy of TGA — (Mabbott text C)  (This version is a modified form of Text-03, presented to Ann and Bessie Pedder)
  • Text-06 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1842 — TGAPP — (Mabbott text D)  (This version is a modified form of Text-03)
  • Text-07 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — November 8, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text E)  (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)



  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-06  (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 87-95 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 299-307) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:103-114) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales II, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (3:247-257, and 3:333-335)
  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:362-378)
  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 298-306


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • ”Le diable dans le beffroi” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
  • ”Le diable dans le beffroi” — September 20, 1854 — Le Pays
  • ”Le diable dans le beffroi” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 2017 — Audio book (unabridged), read by Chris Aruffo



  • Bachinger, Katrina E., “The Aesthetics of (Not) Keeping in Step: Reading the Consumer Mobocracy of Poe’s ‘The Devil in the Belfry’ against Peacock,” Modern Language Quarterly (1990), 51:513-533.
  • Eddings, Dennis W., “Poe’s Tell-Tale Clocks,” Baltimore: The Edgar Allan Poe Society, 1994.
  • Forbes, Christopher J., “Satire of Irving’s A History of New York in Poe’s ‘The Devil in the Belfry’,” Studies in American Fiction (1982), 10:93-100.
  • 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.
  • Lynch, James J., “The Devil in the Writings of Irving, Hawthorne, and Poe,” New York Folklore Quarterly (Summer 1952), 8:111-113.
  • 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.
  • Weber, Jean-Paul, “Edgar Poe on the Theme of the Clock,” La Nouvelle Revue Francais (August-September 1958), 68:301-311 and 69:498-508.
  • 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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