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, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “A Succession of Sundays” — November 27, 1841 — Saturday Evening Post — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “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-04. 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-04 — “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 — The Spirit of the Times
  • “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 — Griswold reprints Text-04 (Mabbott text C)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)  (Griswold corrects a number of typographical errors)
  • “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” — 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” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 292-298) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • “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:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None.


Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.


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
  • “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.
  • 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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