The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, Vol. I. (2008), title page and table of contents


Title page:


The Collected Letters of

Edgar Allan Poe

Volume I: 1824-1846


Third Edition


Orignally edited by

John Ward Ostrom

Revised, corrected, and expanded by

Burton R. Pollin


Jeffrey A. Savoye

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Table of Contents


Volume One

Preface and Acknowledgements    xv
Introduction    xxiii
Chronology    xxxv
Abbreviations    xliii
I The John Allan Period
Letters 1-36: November 1824-April 1833
II The Folio Club and Southern Literary Messenger
Letters 37-76: May 1833-January 1837
III From Weissnichtwo to Burton's Gentleman's Magazine
Letters 77-93: February 1837-May 1840
IV The Penn and Graham's Magazine
Letters 94-133a: June 1840-March 1842
V The Post-Graham's Period
Letters 134-173: April 1842-March 1844
VI Early Struggles
Letters 174-191: April 1844-January 1845
VII Era of the Broadway Journal
Letters 192-221a: February 1845-December 1845
VIII The Immemorial Year
Letters 222-246a: January 1846-December 1846



Table of Illustrations


Volume One

Frontispiece: Edgar Allan Poe, ca. 1846

This portrait was painted from life by John Alexander McDougall (1810?-1894) in New York, where Poe was living at the time. The original, on heavy paper, measures 3 inches by 2 3/8 inches. Although modern eyes may be surprised by the lack of Poe's now-iconic mustache, it was worn only during the last few years of his life. By one account, the painting was made by the artist as a wedding present for Mrs. John Crockett, a cousin of Mrs. McDougall, Mrs. Crockett being a particular fan of Poe's writings. Other documentation, however, indicates that it was not given to Mrs. Crockett until 1860. For a detailed analysis of the portrait and its history, see Michael Deas, The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe, pp. 28-31.

I-A: Between Chapters I and II:
01      Mrs. Elizabeth Arnold Poe and St. John's Churchyard
02-03 John Allan and Mrs. Frances Allan, ca. 1804
04-05 Miss Rosalie Mackenzie Poe, ca. 1850 and ca. 1872
06 MS of a letter from Poe and John Lyle to the Governor and Council of Virginia, November 16, 1824 (LTR-1)
07-08 MS of a letter from Poe to John Allan, May 25, 1826 (LTR-3) (2 pages)
09-12 MS of a letter from Poe to John Allan, January 3, 1830 (LTR-28) (4 pages)
13 MS of a letter from Poe to John P. Kennedy, December 19, 1834 (LTR-39)
14 MS of a letter from Poe to Hiram Haines, August 19, 1836 (LTR-72)
15-18 MS of a letter from Poe to George W. Poe, July 14, 1839 (LTR-79) (4 pages)
I-B: Between Chapters VII and VIII:
19-20 Mrs. Maria Clemm, late 1849, and Mrs. Virginia Poe, January 1847
21-22 John P. Kennedy, ca. 1850, and Nathaniel P. WIllis, ca. 1846
23 Prospectus of the Penn Magazine, June 1840, broadside
24 MS of a letter from Poe to Rufus W. Griswold, May 29, 1841 (LTR-112)
25-28 MS of a letter from Poe to Joseph E. Snodgrass, June 4, 1842 (LTR-137) (4 pages)
29-35 MS draft of a letter from Poe to Charles Anthon, November 2, 1844 (LTR-186) (7 pages)
36 Anastatic letter from Poe to Charles Campbell, November 1845 (LTR-217a)

In volume one of the 1948 and 1966 editions of The Letters appear pictures of Mrs. Elmira Royster Shelton (1:197) and a “self portrait” of Poe (1:213), both dated as about 1845. These pictures are no longer considered authentic and have been omitted accordingly.




Dedication to the first edition:

To Aimée, who patiently waited the long years, and Jodie, who grew up amid facsimiles and photostats, this book is lovingly dedicated.

Dedication to the third edition:

In memory of John Ward Ostrom (1903-1993).



Copyright data:

First Edition published, as

The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, 1948,

by the President and Fellows of Harvard College

Second Edition published, as

The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe,

With New Foreword and Supplementary Chapter, 1966,

by Gordian Press, Inc., by arrangement with

Harvard University Press

Third Edition, copyright 2008 by The Gordian Press

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be

reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted

in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,

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prior written permission of the Publisher.

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Printed in the United States of America

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.


The collected letters of Edgar Allan Poe / originally edited by John W. Ostrom. — 3rd ed. / revised, corrected, and expanded by Burton R. Pollin and Jeffrey A. Savoye.

v. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Contents: v. 1. 1826-1846 — v. 2. 1847-1849.

ISBN 978-0-87752-246-1 (set)

ISBN 978-0-87752-247-8 (v. 1)

ISBN 978-0-87752-248-5 (v. 2)

1. Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 — Correspondence. 2. Authors, American — 19th century — Correspondence. I. Ostrom, John Ward, 1903-1993 II. Pollin, Burton Ralph., 1916-[[2009]] III. Savoye, Jeffrey A., 1960- IV. Title.

PS2631.A4 2008

816’.3 — dc22 2008026071



All material in this edition is protected by copyright, with all rights having been transferred from Gordian Press to Jeffrey A. Savoye. Permission has been obtained by the Poe Society of Baltimore from the copyright holder to provide this electronic edition for academic and research purposes only. The Poe Society of Baltimore asks all users of this material to respect these copyrights, and not to exceed what would typically be considered as fair use (generally interpreted as selective quotations and/or paraphrasing of only a small percentage of the total material, and with the appropriate attribution and citation).

Although Poe's writings are essentially in the public domain, the texts presented here embody often painstaking scholarship and editorial work, and the product of that effort is protected by copyright. The introductory material, descriptions, and the apparatus of texts and notes are Ostrom's original work, and are even more clearly subject to copyright.

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