Edgar Allan Poe — “Berenice”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • (narrator) - Under development.

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development.


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Berenice” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Berenice — A Tale” — 1834, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Berenice — A Tale” — March 1835 — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “Berenice — A Tale” — about 1839 — manuscript revisions in “Duane” copy of  Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Berenice” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text C)
  • Text-05 — “The Teeth” — 1842 — unused manuscript title revision in TGAPP (T. O. Mabbott states that “the actual changes are lost with the second volume, see Tales & Sketches, 2:208. It is very likely, however, that these changes were incorporated in Text-06, althought the change in title was reconsidered.)
  • Text-06 — “Berenice” — April 5, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text D)
  • Text-07 — “Berenice” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text E)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)

 

Reprints:

  • “Berenice” — April 11, 1845 — The Spirit of the Times  (from Text-06)
  • “Berenice” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 437-445 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Berenice” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 355-363 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Berenice” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 1: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (1:157-168)
  • Berenice” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (2:16-26, and 2:313-318)
  • Berenice” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:207-221)
  • “Berenice” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 225-233

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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:

  • “Bérénice” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “Bérénice” — April 17, 1852 — L‘Illustration
    • “Bérénice” — August 2, 1854 — Le Pays
    • “Bérénice” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “Bérénice” — 1885 — Oeuvres Choisies d‘Edgar Pöe, Paris: A. Hennuyer  (French translation by William L. Hughes)
  • ”Berenice” — December 1, 1947 — a radio show broadcast on The Inner Sanctum show, with Karl Swenson (As was often the case with dramatic presentations of Poe’s works, the story has been modified.)

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Bibliography:

  • Abel, Darrel, “Coleridge’s ‘Life-in-Death’ and Poe’s ‘Death-in-Life’,” Notes & Queries (May 1955), 200:218-220
  • Baudelaire, Charles, Baudelaire on Poe, translated and edited by Lois and Francis E. Hyslop, Pennsylvania: Bald Eagle Press, 1952 (includes Baudelaire’s preface to “Berenice”)
  • Blythe, Hal and Charlie Sweet, “Poe’s Satiric Use of Vampirism in ‘Berenice’,” Poe Studies (1981), 14:23-24
  • Brown, Arthur A., “Literature and the Impossibility of Death: Poe’s ‘Berenice’,” Nineteenth-Century Literature, March 1996, 50:448-463
  • Brown, Arthur A., ‘A Man Who Dies’: Poe, James, Faulkner and the Narrative Function of Death, PhD disseration, University of California, Davis, 1995
  • Davidson, Frank, “A Note on Poe’s ‘Berenice’,” American Literature (May 1913), 11:212-213
  • Dayan, Joan, “The Identity of Berenice, Poe’s Idol of the Mind,” Studies in Romanticism (1984), 23:491-513
  • Forclaz, Roger, “A Source for ‘Berenice’ and a Note on Poe’s Reading,” Poe Newsletter (Oct. 1968), 1:25-27
  • 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., “Berenice” in The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978.
  • Porte, Joel, The Romance in America: Studies in Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville and James, Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1969, pp. 53-94.
  • Sloan, David E. E., “Gothic Romanticism and Rational Empiricism in Poe’s ‘Berenice’,” American Transcendental Quarterly (Summer 1973), 19:19-26
  • Wyllie, John Cooke, “A List of the Texts of Poe’s Tales,” Humanistic Studies in Honor of John Calvin Metcalf, Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1941, pp. 322-338.
  • Ziolkowski, Theodore, “The Telltale Teeth: Psychodontia to Sociodrama,” Publications of the Modern Language Association (1976), 91:9-22.

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