Edgar Allan Poe — “The Man of the Crowd”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Man of the Crowd” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Man of the Crowd” — before November 1840 — (There are no known draft manuscripts or scratch notes reflecting the original effort of composition.)
  • Text-02 — “The Man of the Crowd” — 1840
    • Text-02a — “The Man of the Crowd” — November 1840 (Speculated faircopy manuscript Poe prepared for publication. This manuscript does not appear to have survived, but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02b. The tale as printed in Text-02b ends with the note “November, 1840,” which presumably indicates the date of composition, or at least of the faircopy draft.)
    • Text-02b — “The Man of the Crowd” — December 1840 — appeared simultaneously in the last issues of Burton's and The Casket (both in anticipation of merging as Graham's) — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Man of the Crowd” — 1842-1845
    • Text-03a — “The Man of the Crowd” — 1842 — TGAPP (manuscript of title only) — (The tale is listed in Poe's handwritten table of contents, but the text itself no longer survives. It was probably a modified version of the printed text from Graham's Magazine, and is presumably recorded, with perhaps a few additional changes made in proof, in Text-03b.)
    • Text-03b — “The Man of the Crowd” — 1845 — TALES — (Mabbott text B) (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)
    • Text-03c — “The Man of the Crowd” — 1845-1849 — minor manuscript revision in “J. L. Graham” copy of TALES — (Mabbott text C — This is Mabbott's copy-text) (The only change is the insertion of a period at the end of the footnote.)



  • The Man of the Crowd” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text D) (Griswold reprints from the stereotype plates of Text-03b, with the addition of the period at the end of the footnote.)
  • “The Man of the Crowd” — 1852 — Tales and Sketches: to which is added The Raven: A Poem, London, George Routledge & Co., pp. 219-226 (This tale is not included in Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Humour; and Poems, London: Henry Vizetelly, printed in England about the same time)
  • “The Man of the Crowd” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 102-111 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe's Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • The Man of the Crowd” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 314-323) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • The Man of the Crowd” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (2:62-74)
  • The Man of the Crowd” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales III, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (4:134-145, and 4:287-288)
  • The Man of the Crowd” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:505-518)
  • “The Man of the Crowd” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 388-396


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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • A London Thoroughfare” — December 5, 1840 — New-Yorker (New York, NY), vol. X, no. 12, p. 179, col. 3 (This re-titled item is an excerpt of several contiguous paragraphs from Poe's story. It is acknowledged as being from Graham's Magazine, and the author is given as “E. E. [[A.]] Poe.”) (This entry was based on information provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail to the Poe Society on December 12, 2016)
  • “L‘homme des foules” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “L‘homme des foules” — January 27-28, 1855 — Le Pays
      • “L‘homme des foules” — Part I — January 27, 1855
      • “L‘homme des foules” — Part II — January 28, 1855
    • “L‘homme des foules” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “L‘homme de la foule” — 1885 — Oeuvres Choisies d‘Edgar Pöe, Paris: A. Hennuyer  (French translation by William L. Hughes)
  • “Man of the Crowd” — 2010 — Audio book, read by Chris Aruffo



  • Calanchi, Alessandra, “The Wandering Spectator: ‘The Man of the Crowd’ di E. A. Poe come esplorazione (pre)tecnologica del tempo e dello spazio,” Rivista di studi anglo-americani, 1994, 4:124-135
  • Dubois, Réne, “Dédale urbain et psychologique; ou, Le Mandala de‘;‘homme des foules’,” Journal of the Short Story in English, 1997, 28:46-56
  • Goodwin, Peter, “The Man in the Text: Desire, Masculinity, and the Development of Poe's Detective Fiction,” Edgar Allan Poe: Beyond Gothicism, ed. James M. Hutchisson, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2011, pp. 49-68.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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