Edgar Allan Poe — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — 1844, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — February 1845 — Godey‘s Lady’s Book — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — February-October 1845 — (presumed copy of Godey‘s Lady’s Book with manuscript changes by Poe in anticipation of a new edition of the Wiley & Putnam edition of Tales of 1845. This version is lost, but presumably reflected in text-04.)
  • Text-04 — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — October 25, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-05 — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — late 1845 - early 1846 — (revised version of text in Broadway Journal. This copy of the Broadway Journal is now lost, but Poe’s substantial changes are presumably preserved in Text-05. Poe specifically mentions the story in his letter of January 8, 1846 to E. A. Duyckinck, offering a set of additional stories for a new edition of Tales.)
  • Text-06 — “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text C)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • “The Thousand and Second Tale” — January 1855 — Boy’s Own Magazine (London, UK), vol. I, no. 1, pp. 18-24 (somewhat abbreviated)
  • “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherzade” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 131-149 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherzade” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 216-235 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale, 1908, New York: D. M. Mac Lellan Book Company  (a small collection of some of Poe’s tales, including some typical examples, such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” but unusual for featuring a less well known tale as the title for the volume. Repeating a common error, Poe’s middle name is misspelled as “Allen” on the cover.)
  • “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherzade” — May 1928 — Amazing Stories, vol. 3, no. 2


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales, eds. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (2:260-284)
  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 6: Tales V, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (6:78-102, and 6:279-282)
  • The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales & Sketches II, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (3:1151-1174)
  • “The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 787-804


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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Le mille et deuxième conte de Schéhérazade” — 1885 — Oeuvres Choisies d‘Edgar Pöe, Paris: A. Hennuyer  (French translation by William L. Hughes)
  • “Le mille et deuxième conte de Schéharazade” — 1887 — Edgar Poë: Derniers Contes, Paris: Albert Savine  (French translation by Félix Rabbe)
  • “Le mille deuxième nuit de Schéhérazade” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier  (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)



  • 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.
  • Varner, Cornelia, “Notes on Poe’s Use of Contemporary Materials in Certain of his Stories,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology, January 1933, 32:77-80.
  • 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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