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Alfriend, Edward H. “Unpublished Recollections of Edgar Allan Poe,” Literary Era (Philadelphia), August 1901. An important article by the son of Poe’s friend Thomas Alfriend.

Allen, Hervey. Israfel: The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe. 2 vols. New York: George H. Doran, 1926. Revised, 1 vol., New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1934. Planned as a novel, it retains fictional elements, but Allen did quote directly from traditions and previously unpublished documents.

Allen, Hervey and Thomas O. Mabbott. Poe’s Brother: The Poems of William Henry Leonard Poe, etc. New York: George H. Doran Co. [1926].

Bondurant, Agnes M. Poe’s Richmond. Richmond, Virginia: Garrett & Massie, [1942].

Booth, Bradford A., and Claude E. Jones. A Concordance of the Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1941.

Braddy, Haldeen. Glorious Incense: The Fulfillment of Edgar Allan Poe. Washington, D.C.: The Scarecrow Press, 1953. A mine of information on Poe’s sources and influence.

Buranelli, Vincent. Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1961. The best very short book on Poe.

Campbell, Killis. The Mind of Poe and Other Studies. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1933. Seven important articles by the leading authority of his day; supplements his edition of the poems.

Campbell, Killis, ed. The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Boston [etc.]: Ginn and Company, [1917]. The first thoroughly annotated book of Poe’s verses, with an extremely valuable Introduction. Generally authoritative.

Chateaubriand, François A. R., vicomte de. Itinéraire de Paris à Jerusalem (1811). In the translation by Frederic Shoberl: Travels in Greece, Palestine, Egypt, and Barbary. Philadelphia: M. Thomas, 1813.

Chivers, Thomas Holley. Chivers’ Life of Poe. Edited with an Introduction by Richard Beale Davis. From the manuscripts [written before 1856] in the Henry E. Huntington Library. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1952. Poe’s eccentric friend was surprisingly matter-of-fact as a biographer.

Chivers, Thomas Holley. The Complete Works of Thomas Holley Chivers. Edited by E. L. Chase and L. F. Parks. Vol. I. Providence, R.I.: Brown University Press, 1957.

Coleridge, Henry N. Introductions to ... Greek Classic Poets. London, 1830.

Didier, Eugene L. The Life and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. New York, W. J. Widdleton, 1877; rev. ed., 1879. Didier’s “New Memoir” presents some first-hand information but includes some legends. The injudiciously revised version in The Poe Cult and Other Poe Papers (New York: Broadway Publishing Company, [1909]) is of practically no value. [page 590:]

D’Israeli, Isaac. Curiosities of Literature. 6 vols. London, 1791-1824.

English, Thomas Dunn. “Reminiscences of Poe,” in the Independent (New York), Oct. 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5, 1896. Important articles, unexpectedly unprejudiced.

Fagin, N. Bryllion. The Histrionic Mr. Poe. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1949. Valuable for understanding Poe’s personal life and its relation to his work.

Fruit, John Phelps. The Mind and Art of Poe’s Poetry. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co., 1899.

Gill, William Fearing. The Life of Edgar Allan Poe. Fourth edition, revised and enlarged. New York: W. J. Widdleton; London: Chatto and Windus, 1878. First issued in 1877 but corrected in later editions, it had much new material; but Gill’s reputation for fair dealing is not of the best.

Gordan, John D. Edgar Allan Poe ... A Catalogue of First Editions, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters from the Berg Collection. New York: The New York Public Library, 1949.

Graham, George R. “The Late Edgar Allan Poe,” Graham’s Magazine (Philadelphia), 36: 224-226, March 1850.

Graves, Charles Marshall. “Landmarks of Poe in Richmond ...The Century Magazine, 67: 909-920 (April 1904).

Griswold, Rufus Wilmot. The “Ludwig” article. So called from the pseudonymous signature, this is the vicious obituary of Poe that Griswold published in the evening edition of the New-York Tribune on October 9, 1849. It was widely reprinted and did immense damage to Poe’s reputation.

Griswold, Rufus Wilmot, ed. The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, with a Memoir by Rufus Wilmot Griswold and Notices of His Life and Genius by N. P. Willis and J. R. Lowell. New York: vols. I-III, 1850; vol. IV, 1856. The “Memoir” appeared first in vol. III, but was moved to vol. I in subsequent issues; it is notoriously biased, but more valuable than is often supposed.

Griswold, Rufus Wilmot. Passages from the Correspondence and Other Papers of Rufus W. Griswold. Cambridge, Massachusetts: W. M. Griswold, 1898. Most of the originals are now in the Boston Public Library, which issued a catalogue in its periodical More Books and its successor, the Boston Public Library Quarterly, between March 1941 and April 1951.

Harrison, James A., ed. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. 17 vols. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, [1902]: the “Virginia Edition.” The first attempt at a complete edition of Poe and invaluable as such, although it contains a few things Poe did not write. Volume 1, biography, and volume 17, letters, were also issued as Life and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe (2 vols., New York: Crowell, 1902-03).

Heartman, Charles F., and James R. Canny, compilers. A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Revised edition. Hattiesburg, Miss.: The Book Farm, 1943. [page 591:]

Hirst, Henry Beck. Biographical sketch of Poe, in Philadelphia Saturday Museum, March 4, 1843. Contains unreliable information, probably from Poe himself. Important because it presented presumably authorized texts of a number of poems.

Holt, Palmer C. “Poe and H. N. Coleridge’s Greek Classic Poets ... Sources,” in American Literature 34:8-30 (March 1962).

Indiana List. “The J. K. Lilly Collection of Edgar Allan Poe,” by David A. Randall, in the Indiana University Bookman, March 1960.

Ingram, John H. Edgar Allan Poe: His Life, Letters and Opinions. 2 vols. London, 1880. Ingram, Poe’s English biographer, collected zealously and published many articles and an edition of Poe in four volumes. He was quarrelsome, given to concealing his sources, and prejudiced, but his contribution cannot be lightly dismissed.

Ingram, John H. “Memoir,” in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. 4 vols. Edinburgh: A. & C. Black, 1874-75. The first of many collections of Poe’s writings published by Ingram.

Ingram List: John Henry Ingram’s Poe Collection at the University of Virginia: A Calendar ... by John Carl Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1960. An extremely valuable checklist of manuscripts, clippings, etc.

Lowell, James Russell. “Edgar Allan Poe. With a Portrait.Graham’s Magazine, 27:49-53 (February 1845). Reprinted with alterations and omissions in Griswold’s edition, The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, vol. I (1850).

Miller, John Carl. John Henry Ingram’s Poe Collection at the University of Virginia: A Calendar .... Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1960. Cited as the Ingram List.

Moran, John J. A Defense of Edgar Allan Poe. Washington: Wm. F. Boogher, 1885. The imaginative nature of this late account by the physician who attended Poe in his last illness is notorious.

Moore, Thomas. Letters and Journals of Lord Byron with Notices of His Life. 2 vols. London, 1830.

Osgood, Frances Sargent. Poems by Frances Sargent Osgood ... Illustrated by Huntington, Darley, Rossiter, Cushman, and Osgood. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1850. Dedicated to Griswold. Preface dated 1849. Entered for copyright 1849.

Ostrom, John Ward, ed. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1948. Contains all Poe’s letters, and a checklist of all letters to Poe, known at the time of publication. The work is textually excellent, although a very few highly doubtful and forged letters have been included.

Phillips, Mary Elizabeth. Edgar Allan Poe: The Man. 2 vols. Chicago-Philadelphia-Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1926. Miss Phillips spent decades in devoted research, and her work contains an immense [page 592:] amount of information and some misinformation. She was uncritical and wrote in a strange style, but reveals her sources, sometimes very important. The work is of great usefulness to trained and discriminative students.

Pinkney, Edward Coote. For his works, see The Life and Works of Edward Coote Pinkney. By Thomas O. Mabbott and F. L. Pleadwell, 1926.

Poe, Edgar Allan. (For further information on books by Poe, see Sources of Texts Collated, and Index.) His separately published volumes in chronological order, are:

Tamerlane and Other Poems. Boston, 1827.

Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems. Baltimore, 1829.

Poems. Second Edition. New York, 1831.

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. New York, 1838.

The Conchologist’s First Book. Philadelphia, 1839.

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia, 1840.

Prose Romances No. I. Philadelphia, 1843.

Tales. New York, 1845.

The Raven and Other Poems. New York, 1845.

Mesmerism “In Articulo Mortis” (pirated). London, 1846.

Eureka: A Prose Poem, New York, 1848.

Significant posthumous collections (for fuller information, see under the editor’s names), are:

Works, ed. Griswold. 4 vols. New York: 1850-56.

Works, ed. Ingram. 4 vols. Edinburgh, 1874-75.

Works, ed. Stoddard. 6 vols. New York, 1884.

Works, ed. Stedman and Woodberry. 10 vols. Chicago, 1894-95.

Complete Works, ed. Harrison. 17 vols. New York, 1902.

Complete Poems, ed. Whitty. Boston and New York, 1911; 1917.

Poems, ed. Campbell. Boston, New York, etc., 1917.

Letters, ed. Ostrom, 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1948.

Quinn, Arthur Hobson. Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography. New York and London: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1941. A distinguished piece of scholarship, generally authoritative, but in his dedicated admiration of Poe Quinn sometimes ignored problems.

Quinn, Arthur Hobson, and Richard H. Hart, eds. Edgar Allan Poe: Letters and Documents in the Enoch Pratt Free Library. New York: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1941.

Rice, Sara Sigourney. Edgar Allan Poe: A Memorial Volume. Baltimore: Turnbull Bros., 1877.

Stedman, Edmund Clarence, and George Edward Woodberry. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. 10 vols. Chicago, 1894-95. There have been reprints. The editorial work was that of Woodberry, whose methods were typically “late Victorian.”

Stoddard, Richard Henry. “Life of Edgar Allan Poe,” in Select Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Poetical and Prose, with a New Memoir. New York: W. J. Widdleton, 1880. Reprinted as “Memoir” in The Works of Edgar [page 593:] Allan Poe, 6 vols., New York, 1884. This is quite different from Stoddard’s earlier memoir prefixed to Poems by Edgar Allan Poe (New York: Widdleton, 1875). Stoddard knew Poe and did not like him, but he contributes largely to our knowledge.

Stovall, Floyd, ed. The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Edited with an Introduction, Variant Readings, and Textual Notes. Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1965. Supplies what is not given in our edition, a complete record of the variants in punctuation.

Thompson, John R. The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe. Edited from the manuscript by James H. Whitty and James H. Rindffeisch. Privately printed, 1926. A lecture delivered in Baltimore (according to Gill, Life, p. 267) some time before Thompson’s death in 1874. Although Thompson knew Poe, his lecture seems to me a piece of sensationalism, unreliable in detail.

Trent, W. P., ed., The Raven, etc. Boston and New York, etc.: Houghton Mifflin, 1897.

Weiss, Susan Archer Talley. The Home Life of Poe. New York: Broadway Publishing Company, 1907. Should be supplemented by her article, “Last Days of Edgar A. Poe,” Scribner’s Monthly, 15: 707-716 (March 1878). The author knew Poe well at the end of his life.

Wagenknecht, Edward. Edgar Allan Poe: The Man Behind the Legend. New York: Oxford University Press, 1963. Largely based on secondary sources, but sympathetic, sensible, and usually reliable.

Whitman, Sarah Helen. Edgar Poe and His Critics. New York: Rudd and Carleton, 1860. A well-informed defense. The original edition was reproduced, with an introduction and notes, by Oral S. Coad, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1949.

Whitty, J. H., ed. The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe; collected, edited, and arranged with memoir, textual notes and bibliography. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911; second edition, enlarged, 1917. Whitty’s “Memoir” is marred by a too-active imagination, and must be used with caution.

Wilbur, Richard. Poe: Complete Poems [New York: Dell, 1959], contains an introduction and notes of unusual originality and perception.

Wilmer, Lambert A. Merlin ... together with Recollections of Edgar A. Poe. Edited with an introduction by Thomas Ollive Mabbott. New York: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1941. Wilmer’s play was first published in Baltimore in 1827.

Wilmer, Lambert A. “Recollections of Edgar A. Poe.Baltimore Daily Commercial, May 23, 1866. Reprinted with Merlin (see above) in 1941.

Winwar, Frances. The Haunted Palace: A Life of Edgar Allan Poe. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959. Interesting especially for its intuitive interpretations.

Woodberry, George Edward. Edgar Allan Poe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1885. (American Men of Letters series)

Woodberry, George Edward. The Life of Edgar Allan Poe, personal and [page 594:] literary, with his chief correspondence with men of letters. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1909. A thorough revision and expansion of the 1885 biography, judicious, appreciative of Poe’s genius, and beautifully written. Woodberry was not well informed about Poe’s youth, but his book is a sine qua non for the serious student.

Yale List. “ ‘Quoth the Raven’: an exhibition of the work of Edgar Allan Poe,” etc., the Yale University Library Gazette, 33:138-189 (April 1959).



In the original printing, the entry for Wagenknecht appears out of order, falling between Whitty and Wilbur. The order has been corrected in the current presentation.


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