Edgar Allan Poe — “Street-Paving”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Street-Paving” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • “Try a Mineralized Pavement”
    • Text-01 — “Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement” — 1845, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
    • Text-02 — “Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement” — February 8, 1845 — Evening Mirror
    • Text-03 — “Try a Mineralized Pavement” — February 15, 1845 — Weekly Mirror
  • “Wood Pavements”
    • Text-01 — “Wood Pavements” — 1845, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
    • Text-02 — “Wood Pavements” — January 31, 1845 — Evening Mirror
    • Text-03 — “Wood Pavements” — February 8, 1845 — Weekly Mirror
  • “Street-Paving”
    • “Street-Paving” — 1845, no xxxx
    • Street-Paving” — April 19, 1845 — Broadway Journal — Text ??

 

Reprints:

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Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Street Paving” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 14: Essays and Miscellanies, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (14:164-169)  (Harrison, apparently unaware of the earlier items, reprints the article from the Broadway Journal)

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

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Plain Text Files for Juxta:

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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

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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.
  • Reilly, John E., “ ‘We write this article with no books before us’: Poe on the Art of Street Paving,” Edgar Allan Poe Review, Fall 2007, 8:17-24 (Identifies Poe’s source for information on Kyanizing as “Report on the Best Modes of Paving Highways,” prepared for the Common Councils of the City of Philadelphia in 1842, which was published serially in the Journal of the Franklin Institute in the fall of 1843. Poe’s source for information on Roman road building is from William Smith’s Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, edtied by Charles Anthon and published by Harper and Brothers in 1843. The specific article in Smith’s Dictionary was “Viae,” which appears on pp. 1041-1045.)

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