Edgar Allan Poe — “The Valley of Unrest”


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Valley of Unrest” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Valley Nis” — 1831, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Valley Nis” — 1831 — POEMS — (Mabbott text A)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for this early version)
  • Text-03 — “The Valley Nis” — February 1836 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “The Valley of Unrest” — April 1845 — American Review — (Mabbott text C) [Cullen B. Colton states that the manuscript was among those “either lost or stolen.” No trace of a manuscript is known, but it was common practice for such material to be destroyed during or after typesetting. Poe himself saw no particular importance in his manuscript once that version was set in type. The future value of these manuscripts was, of course, not recognized at the time. C. B. Colton is mistaken when he implies that this printing was a “first printing,” although it is the first printing of the revised version.]
  • Text-05 — “The Valley of Unrest” — September 6, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-06 — “The Valley of Unrest” — 1845 — RAOP — (Mabbott text E)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text for the final version)

 

Reprints:

  • “The Valley of Unrest” — March 2, 1846 — Southern Patriot (p. 2) (this item is noted by George Monteiro, “Fugitive Reprints,” E. A. Poe Review, Fall 2010, p. 161.)
  • The Valley of Unrest” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold merely reprints Text-06  (Mabbott text F)
  • “The Valley of Unrest” — 1875 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 3: Poems  and Essays, ed. J. H. Ingram, Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black (3:56)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “The Valley of Unrest” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 10: Poems, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (10:21, and pp. 171-173)
  • The Valley of Unrest” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 7: Poems, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (10:55, and 10:188-190)
  • “The Valley of Unrest” — 1911 — The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. J. H. Whitty, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. (p. 14, and pp. 199-201)
  • “The Valley of Unrest” — 1917 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Killis Campbell, Boston: Ginn and Company (pp. 72-74, and pp. 217-218)
  • “The Valley of Unrest” — 1965 — The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. Floyd Stovall, Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia (p. 55, and pp. 225-228)  (In his notes, Stovall gives the full text of the 1831 “The Valley Nis”)
  • The Valley of Unrest” — 1969 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Poems, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1:189-196)  (Mabbott gives two texts, one for “The Valley of Nis” and one for “The Valley of Unrest”)
  • “The Valley of Unrest” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America) (p. 66) (reprints Text-06)

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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:

  • “La Vallée de l‘angoisse” — dated 2009, but available in late 2008 — Poèmes d‘Edgar Allan Poe, Paris: Publibook (translation by Jean Hautepierre)

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Bibliography:

  • Basler, Roy P., “Poe’s ‘The Valley of Unrest’,” Explicator, December 1946, vol. 5, item 25; reprinted in Sex, Symbolism and Psychology, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1948, pp. 197-201
  • Bledsoe, Thomas F., “On Poe’s ‘Valley of Unrest’,” Modern Language Notes, February 1946, 61:91-92
  • Colton, Cullen B., “George Hooker Colton and the Publication of ‘The Raven’,” American Literature, vol. X, no. 3, November 1938, pp. 319-330 (footnote 30 on p. 328 provides the comment about the manuscript)
  • 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.
  • Kiehl, James, “Valley of Unrest: A Major Metaphor in the Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe,” Thoth, Winter 1964, 5:42-52
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, “Poe’s ‘The Valley of Unrest’,” Explicator, May 1945, vol. 3  (a query)
  • 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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