Text: Edgar Allan Poe (ed. E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry), “Eureka (Dedication and Preface),” The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: Stone and Kimball, vol. IX, 1895, pp. 3-4


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WITH VERY PROFOUND RESPECT

THIS WORK

IS DEDICATED

TO

ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT

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PREFACE

TO the few who love me and whom I love — to those who feel rather than to those who think — to the dreamers and those who put faith in dreams as in the only realities — I offer this Book of Truths, not in its character of Truth-Teller, but for the Beauty that abounds in its Truth; constituting it true. To these I present the composition as an Art-Product alone: — let us say as a Romance; or, if I be not urging too lofty a claim, as a Poem.

What I here propound is true: — therefore it cannot die; — or if by any means it be now trodden down so that it die, it will “rise again to the Life Everlasting.”

Nevertheless it is as a Poem only that I wish this work to be judged after I am dead.

 


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Notes:

None.

 

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