Edgar Allan Poe — “Three Sundays in a Week”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “A Succession of Sundays” — 1841 — (There are no known draft manuscripts or scratch notes reflecting the original effort of composition.)
  • Text-02 — “A Succession of Sundays” — 1841
    • Text-02a — “A Succession of Sundays” — 1841 — (Speculated faircopy manuscript prepared for publication. This manuscript does not appear to have survived, but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02b.)
    • Text-02b — “A Succession of Sundays” — November 27, 1841 — Saturday Evening Post — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “A Succession of Sundays” — 1842-1845
    • Text-03a — “A Succession of Sundays” — 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 the Saturday Evening Post, and is presumably recorded, with perhaps a few additional changes made in proof, in Text-03b. Although Poe uses the original title here, the new title of the story, “Three Sundays in a Week,” first appeared in a foonote in the biographical sketch of Poe printed in the Philadelphia Saturday Museum of February 28, 1843.)
    • Text-03b — “Three Sundays in a Week” — May 10, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text B) (For Griswold's 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.



  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — May 14, 1845 — Spirit of the Times (Philadelphia, PA)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — June 7, 1845 — Star of Bethlehem (Lowell, MA)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — July 4, 1845 — Vermont Watchman & State Journal (Montpelier, VT) (Poe's name is acknowledged)
  • Three Sundays in a Week” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text C — This is Mabbott's copy-text) (Griswold reprints Text-03b, correcting a number of typographical errors.)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — 1852 — Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Humour; and Poems, London: Henry Vizetelly (An undated edition appears about the same time, published by Charles H. Clark and Samuel Orchart Beeton, and their name appears as publisher for the second series), second series pp. 158-165. (with 1 woodcut illustration)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — June 9, 1858 — Spirit of Democracy (Woodsfield, OH) vol. XV, no. 13, p. 1 (this entry was provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail dated March 20, 2017)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — December 4, 1860 — Western Flying Post (Sherborne Dorset, England) vol. CXXIV, whole no. 6,423, p. 7, cols. 1-2 (The story is printed without acknowledgement of Poe as author, or the source.)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 80-86 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe's Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — July 11, 1872 — Weekly Kansas Chief (Troy, KS) vol. XVI, no. 3, p. 1 (this entry was provided by Ton Fafianie in an e-mail dated March 20, 2017)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — July 20, 1872 — Marysville Locomotive (Marysville, KS) vol. 2, no. 52, p. 1, cols. 4-6 (acknowledged as by “Edgar A. Poe”)
  • Three Sundays in a Week” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 292-298) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — January 14, 1929 — Evening Star (Washington, DC) whole no. 30,939, p. 32, cols. 6-7 (acknowledged as by “Edgar Allan Poe”)
  • “A Succession of Sundays” — March 1976 — Saturday Evening Post (The story is reprinted from the Post for November 27, 1841, listed above.)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Three Sundays in a Week” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:115-123) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • Three Sundays in a Week” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales III, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (4:227-235, and 4:312)
  • A Succession of Sundays (Three Sundays in a Week)” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:648-659)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 474-480


Comparative and Study Texts:

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Drei Sonntage in einer Woche” — June 19, 1853 — Bremer Sonntagsblatt, 17:132-133  (German translation by H. du Roi, acknowledged as “Nach dem Englischen des Edgar Poe.”)
  • “Drei Sonntage in einer Woche” — December 17 and 21, 1853 — Unterhaltungsblatt für Göttingen und die Umgebung, 17:132-133  (German translation, apparently a reprint of the earlier one by H. du Roi, acknowledged as “Novelle von Edgar Poe.”)
  • “Le semaine des trois dimanches” — (French translation by William Little Hughes)
    • “Le semaine des trois dimanches” — March 6, 1856 — L‘Ami de la Maison  (with an illustration by G. Roux.)
    • “Le semaine des trois dimanches” — 1862 — Contes inedts d‘Edgar Poe, Paris: J. Hetzel, pp. 141-153
  • “La emana de los tres domingos” — February 15, 1857 — El Museo Universal, vol. I, p. 22  (Spanish translation, noted by Englekirk, p. 482)
  • “[Three Sundays in a Week]” — 1881 — Underliga historier, Stockholm  (Swedish translation, noted by Anderson, p. 54)
  • “La Semaine des trois dimanches” — 1934 — Les Sphinx et autres contes bizarres par Edgar Poë, Paris: Galliard (French translation by Matila C. Ghyka)
  • “La semaine des trois dimanches” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier  (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)
  • “Bir Hafta I.çinde Üç Pazar” — 1955 — Altin Böcek [Golden Beetle], Varlik edition, Istanbul (Turkish translation) (the small softbound book has 109 pages. It features “The Gold-Bug” but includes seven other tales.)
  • “Three Sundays in a Week” — 2017 — Audio book (unabridged), read by Chris Aruffo



  • Anderson, Carl L., Poe in Northlight: The Scandanavian Response to His Life and Work, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1973.
  • Cherry, Fannye, N., “The Source of Poe's ‘Three Sundays in a Week’,” American Literature, November 1930, 2:232-235
  • Englekirk, John Eugene, Edgar Allan Poe in Hispanic Literature, New York: Instituto De Las Espanas, 1934.
  • 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, “Poe and Dr. Lardner,” American Notes & Queries, November 1943, 3:115-117
  • 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.
  • Roth, Martin, “Poe's ‘Three Sundays in a Week’,” The Sphinx: A Magazine of Literature and Society (University of Regina, Canada), vol. 4, no. 4, 1985, 258-267
  • Taylor, Archer, “Poe's Dr. Lardner and ‘Three Sundays in a Week’,” American Notes & Queries, January 1944, 3:153-155
  • 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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