Edgar Allan Poe — “Thou Art the Man”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Thou Art the Man” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Thou Art the Man” — about May 28, 1844 — (There are no known draft manuscripts or scratch notes reflecting the original effort of composition.)
  • Text-02 — “Thou Art the Man” — 1844
  • Text-03 — “Thou Art the Man” — 1845-1850
    • Text-03a — “Thou Art the Man” — 1845-1849 — (Speculated copy of Godey's Lady's Book with minor corrections by Poe. This copy has not survived, but is presumably reflected in Text-04)
    • Text-03b — “Thou Art the Man” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text C — This is Mabbott's copy-text)



  • “Thou Art the Man” — 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. 223-239. (with 1 woodcut illustration)
  • “Thou Art the Man” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 122-136 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe's Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • Thou Art the Man” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 335-350) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • Thou Art the Man” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (3:191-210)
  • Thou Art the Man” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 5: Tales IV, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (5:290-309, and 5:329-330)
  • Thou Art the Man” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales & Sketches II, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (3:1042-1060)
  • “Thou Art the Man” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 728-742


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • Thou Art the Man” — comparative text (“Godey” manuscript) (This comparative text shows the changes Poe made on the manuscript and as finally printed)
  • Thou Art the Man” — comparative text (Godey's Lady's Book and WORKS)


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “[Thou Art the Man]” — 1855 — Fortaellinger [Tales]  (Copenhagen)  (Danish translation, noted by Anderson, p. 14)
  • “Le cadavre accusateur” — 1862 — Contes inedts d‘Edgar Poe, Paris: J. Hetzel, pp. 59-83 (French translation by William L. Hughes)
  • “C‘est toi qui m‘a tué” — 1914 — Edgar Poe: Histories étranges et Merrveilleuses, Paris: Mercure de France (French translation by M. D. Calvocoressi)
  • “Ecce Homo” — 1934 — Les Sphinx et autres contes bizarres par Edgar Poë, Paris: Galliard (French translation by Maurice Sachs)
  • ”L‘Homme c‘est toi” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier  (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)



  • Anderson, Carl L., Poe in Northlight: The Scandanavian Response to His Life and Work, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1973.
  • 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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