Edgar Allan Poe — “A Dream within a Dream”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “A Dream within a Dream” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings (full text):

  • Text-01 — “Imitation” — 1827, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text 02)
  • Text-02 — “Imitation” — 1827 — TAOP — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for “Imitation”)
  • Text-03 — “To — —” — about 1828 — “Wilmer” manuscript, now lost but text recorded — (Mabbott text A1)
  • Text-04 — “To — —” — 1829 — ATMP — (Mabbott text C1)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for “To — —”)
  • Text-05 — “[To — —]” — 1831 — POEMS (incorporated into “Tamerlane” as section XXIV) — (Mabbott text D1)
  • Text-06 — “For Annie” — Early 1849 — “Annie” manuscript — (Mabbott text A2)
  • Text-07 — “A Dream within a Dream” — March 31, 1849 — Flag of Our Union — (Mabbott text B2)
  • Text-08 — “To —” — about August 1849 — Richmond Examiner proof sheets — (Mabbott text C2)

 

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings (extracts):

  • To — —” — December 1829 — Yankee (excerpts only) — (Mabbott text B1)

 

Reprints:

  • “To —” — 1830 — Baltimore Minerva and Emerald  (printed as part of a review of ATMP)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text 07 — (Mabbott text D2)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for “A Dream Within a Dream”)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:27-28)
  • “Imitation” — 1884 — Tamerlane and Other Poems, ed. Richard Herne Shepherd, London: George Redway (p. 49)  (Having long been thought lost, a copy of the original Tamerlane and Other Poems of 1827 was discovered in the British Museum and printed in this “second edition.”)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:130, and p. 227-229)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:16, and 10:150-152)
  • “To —” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 123, and pp. 273-275)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 26-28, and pp. 161-163)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 18, and pp. 180-183)  (In his notes, Stovall reprints the full text of the 1827 “Imitation” and the 1829 “To — —”)
  • Imitation” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:75-76) (Mabbott prints the three main versions of this poem as separate items, although he notes in the descriptive text that they are related to one another.)
  • To — —” (“Should my early life seem”) — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:129-132)
  • A Dream within a Dream” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:450-452)
  • “Imitation” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 34) (reprints Text-02)
  • “A Dream within a Dream” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 97) (reprints Text-07)

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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:

  • 1980 - the movie “The Fog” (directed by John Carpenter) — The film begins with the text, on screen, of the last two lines of the poem (with Poe’s name, but without the specific poem being noted.)
  • “A rêve dans un rêve” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)

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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 (Vol 1 Poems), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969.

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