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


Title page:


The Collected Letters of

Edgar Allan Poe

Volume II: 1846-1849


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 Two

IX Grasping at Straws
Letters 247-275a: January 1847-August 1848
X The Sarah Helen Whitman Interlude
Letters 276-302a: September 1848-January 1849
XI The Vein Runs Out
Letters 302b-334: February 1849-October 1849
A: Special Notes on Selected Correspondents    845
B: Promissory Notes and Receipts    885
C: Some Fakes, Forgeries, and Spurious Letters    899
D: “Poe Letters: Quest and Answers,” by J. W. Ostrom    933
E: Introduction from the first edition of The Letters, by James Southall Wilson    951
Bibliography    959
Index to the Letters, Promissory Notes, Receipts, etc.    993
[[Index entries A-E]]   
[[Index entries F-L]]   
[[Index entries M-R]]   
[[Index entries S-Z]]   
Check List of the Correspondence of Edgar Allan Poe   
Introduction to the Check List    1155
Check List    1161
[[Check List 1817-1843    1161]]
[[Check List 1844-1849 and not dated    1219]]
Some Lost Letters    1280
Spurious, Fake, Misdated, and Doubtful Letters    1281
References Used as Coded Items in Check List Entries    1298
Index to Correspondents and Owners    1301



Table of Illustrations


Volume Two

Frontispiece: Edgar Allan Poe, September 1849

The original quarter-plate daguerreotype, by William Abbott Pratt (1822-1893), measures 4 1/4 inches by 3 1/4 inches, and is housed in an ornate leather case with a gilt frame. The portrait was one of two taken at Pratt's studio, 145 Main Street, Richmond, VA. It is named after John R. Thompson, of the Southern Literary Messenger, to whom it was presented in 1856 and in whose possession it remained until his death in 1873. For a detailed analysis of the portrait, its history, and several related images, see Michael Deas, The Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe, pp. 54-61. As a daguerreotype, the original is a mirror image of its subject, and has been reversed here to provide a more accurate sense of the sitter. Some flaws have also been touched up, including a blemish on Poe's face, just above his mustache. Just barely discernible in the picture, but more obvious in the original, is a small sprig of holly, pinned to the left side of Poe's vest.

II-A: Between Chapters IX and X:
37-38 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, ca. 1855, and James Russell Lowell, in 1843
39-40 Mrs. Frances S. Osgood, ca. 1848, and Mrs. Sarah Helen Whitman, in 1838
41-42 Mrs. Annie Richmond, ca. 1875, and Mrs. Elmira Royster Shelton, ca. 1850
43 MS of a letter from Poe to Mrs. Sarah J. Hale, October 26, 1845 (LTR-212)
44 MS of a letter from Poe to Henry B. Hirst, June 27, 1846 (LTR-235)
45-46 MS of a letter from Poe to Horace Greeley, February 21, 1847 (LTR-250 (2 pages)
47-48 MS of a letter from Poe to George W. Eveleth, February 29, 1848 (LTR-263) (2 pages)
49 MS of a letter from Poe to Mrs. Maria Clemm, August 5, 1848 (LTR-275a)
50-51 MS of a letter from Poe to John R. Thompson, January 13, 1849 (LTR-299) (2 pages)
52-54 MS of a letter from Poe to Anson G. Chester, April 1, 1849 (LTR-309a) (3 pages)
55 Prospectus for the Stylus, April 1848, broadside (with two handwritten annotations)
II-B: Between the Letter Subject Index and the Check List:
56-58 MS of a letter from Poe to E. H. N. Patterson, ca. April 30, 1849 (LTR-312) (3 pages)
59 MS of a letter from Poe to John R. Thompson, May 10, 1849 (LTR-313)
60-62 MS of a letter from Poe to E. H. N. Patterson, August 7, 1849 (LTR-329) (3 pages)
63 MS of Poe's title page for the Stylus (sent to Patterson)
64 MS of a letter from Poe to Mrs. Sarah A. Lewis, September 18, 1849 (LTR-333)
65 MS of a letter from Poe to Mrs. Marguerite St. Leon Loud, September 26, 1849 (LTR-334)
66-67 Excerpt of a transcript by Mrs. M. L. Houghton (Marie L. Shew) of Poe to Mrs. Marie L. Shew, June 1848 (LTR-273) (2 pages)
68 MS promissory note from Poe to Louis A. Godey, November 18, 1846 (PN-8) (front and back)
69-70 MS receipts from Graham's Magazine, March 25-July 24, 1841 (RC-1) (front and back)
71-72 Forgery by Joseph Cosey of a letter from Poe to A. N. Howard, December 7, 1846 (SPR-14) (2 pages)




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

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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.

The text for this electronic version of the book was taken from an original printed form, revised for XHTML/CSS and to follow our own formatting preferences. Pagination of the original edition has been included.

The table of contents is a reasonable representation of the table of contents from the original printing. Two small corrections have been applied. The first removed the word “Deleted” from the fourth sub-section of the “Check List of the Correspondence of Edgar Allan Poe,” which in the printed version erroneously read: “Spurious, Deleted, Fake, Misdated, and Doubtful Letters.” The second correction is in the list of illustrations, where illustrations 69-70 have been corrected from the obvious typographical error of “70-79.”


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