Edgar Allan Poe — “The Pay for American Authors”


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Commentary:

This series may be attributed to Poe with some confidence, with the exception of the first two installments (for which N. P. Willis is known to be the author). The four articles in the “Pay of Authors in America” series (January 24 - 31, 1845) are clearly related and presumably by the same hand. The final item is demonstrably Poe’s by repetition of material in his “Marginalia.”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Pay for American Authors” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

 

Reprints:

  • Author’s Pay in America  (These two articles are actually by N. P. Willis)
    • “Author’s Pay in America” (N. P. Willis) (October 12, 1844 — Weekly Mirror)
    • “The Pay for Periodical Writing” (N. P. Willis) (October 19, 1844 — Weekly Mirror)
  • Pay of American Authors (These four articles are by Poe)
    • “Pay of American Authors” (Part I) (February 1, 1845 — Weekly Mirror)
    • “Pay of American Authors” (Part II) (February 8, 1845, text “B” — Weekly Mirror)
    • “Pay of American Authors [— Synopsis of the International Copy-Right Question]” (Part IV) (February 8, 1845, text “B” — Weekly Mirror)  (Both parts II and IV are reprinted in the same issue.)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • None

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • None

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Pay of American Authors” — 2007 — Audio book (unabridged), read by Chris Aruffo (part of a 5-CD set)

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Bibliography:

  • 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.

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