Edgar Allan Poe — “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall”


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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:

  • “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Hans Phaall, A Tale” — April or May 1835 — manuscript — (Mabbott/Pollin text A)  (Portions of the manuscript are lost or damaged. These missing portions are presumably recorded, essentially, in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Hans Phaall — A Tale” — June 1835, text “B” — Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott/Pollin text B)
  • Text-03 — “Hans Phaall — A Tale” — about 1839 — manuscript revisions in “Duane” copy of Southern Literary Messenger — (Mabbott/Pollin text C)
  • Text-04 — “Hans Phaall” — 1840, text “D” — TGA — (Mabbott/Pollin text D)
  • Text-05 — “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall — 1842 — manuscript title change in TGAPP — (This tale appeared in the second volume of TGAPP, which has not survived. Thus, these manuscript revisions are lost, but presumably recorded in Text-06)
  • Text-06 — “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — 1850, text “E” — WORKS — (Mabbott/Pollin text E)  (This is the Mabbott/Pollin copy-text)

 

Reprints:

  • “Lunar Discoveries, Extraordinary Aerial Voyage of Baron Hans Phall” — September 2-5, 1835 — the Transcript (New York)
    • “Lunar Discoveries, Extraordinary Aerial Voyage of Baron Hans Phall” — Part I  (September 2, 1835)
    • “Lunar Discoveries, Extraordinary Aerial Voyage of Baron Hans Phall” — Part II  (September 3, 1835)
    • “Lunar Discoveries, Extraordinary Aerial Voyage of Baron Hans Phall” — Part III  (September 4, 1835)
    • “Lunar Discoveries, Extraordinary Aerial Voyage of Baron Hans Phall” — Part IV  (September 5, 1835)
  • “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaal” — 1852 — Tales and Sketches: to which is added The Raven: A Poem, London, George Routledge & Co.
  • “The Adventures of One Hans Pfaall” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 1-51 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “The Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 39-93 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (2:133-203)
  • The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales I, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (2:42-108, and 2:330-344)
  • The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — 1981 — The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, vol 1.: The Imaginary Voyages, ed. B. R. Pollin, Boston: Twayne Publishers (1:365-506). (Reprinted, with minor corrections but the same pagination, by New York: Gordian Press, 1994.)
  • “The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 951-1001

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

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Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “L‘Aéronaute hollandais” — (French translation signed “A. B.” H&C give this name more fully as Alphonse Borghers. Mabbott notes Alphonse Borghers as a pseudonym, and the translator’s real name as Amédée Pichot, the chief editor of the Revue, see Bandy, 79:277-280, and Mabbott, T&S, 1978, p. 805. )
    • “L‘Aéronaute hollandais” — September 1852 — Revue britannique, 40:114-158  (apparently translated from the 1852 Routledge edition)
    • “L‘Aéronaute hollandais” — 1853 — Nouvelles choisies d‘Edgard A. Poë, Paris: Hachette
  • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — (French Translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — March 14 - April 20, 1855 — Le Pays
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (March 14, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (March 15, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (March 16, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (March 22, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (March 27, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (March 31, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (April 1, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (April 2, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (April 14, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (April 17, 1855)
      • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — Le Pays  (April 20, 1855)
    • “Aventure sans pareille d‘un certain Hans Pfaall” — 1856 — Histoires extraordinaires, Paris: Michel Lévy frères
  • “Sin par Adventurea de un tal Hans Pfall” — 1858 — Newspaper of Barcelona  (Spanish translation)
  • “Adventure Incomparable d‘un Certain Hans Pfaal” — 1874, July 18 — Musee Universel, Paris  (French translation by Paul Cezano, pp. 248-252) (There may have been additional installments. There is an illustration by Meaulle) ( a copy of this magazine is in the Ingram Collection, University of VA)
  • “Avventura Impareggiabile d‘un Certo Hans Pfaal” — 1876 — Racconti Incredibili, Milano, Italy: Tipografia Editrice Lombarda)  (Italian translation, with several illustrations)
  • “[Hans Phaall]” — 1881 — Underliga historier  (Stockholm)  (Swedish translation, noted by Anderson, p. 54)
  • “The Adventure of Hans Pfall” — August 1947 — Classics Illustrated (number 40)  (a comic-book)
  • “Hans Pfaal” — 2009 — Audio book (unabridged), read by Chris Aruffo (part of a 6-CD set)

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Bibliography:

  • Anderson, Carl L., Poe in Northlight: The Scandanavian Response to His Life and Work, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1973.
  • Bailey, J. O., “Sources of Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and ‘Hans Pfaal’ and Other Pieces,” Publications of the Modern Language Association, 1942, 57:513-535
  • Bandy, William T., “Poe’s Secret Translator: Amédée Pichot,” Modern Language Notes (May 1964), 79:277-280.
  • Baudelaire, Charles, Baudelaire on Poe, translated and edited by Lois and Francis E. Hyslop, Pennsylvania: Bald Eagle Press, 1952 (includes Baudelaire’s preface to “Hans Pfall”)
  • Gravely, William H., Jr., “A Few Words of Clairification on ‘Hans Pfaal’,” Poe Newsletter, December 1972, 5:56
  • Gravely, William H., Jr., “A Note on the Composition of ‘Hans Pfaal’,” Poe Newsletter, June 1970, 3:2-4
  • Greer, H. Allen, “Poe’s ‘Hans Pfaall’ and the Political Scene,” Emerson Society Quarterly, Fall 1970, 60:67-73
  • 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.
  • Hoffman, Daniel, “Send-ups,” London Magazine, January 1970, 9:30-36
  • Ingram, John Henry, “The Lunar Hoax,” Athenaeum, August 19, 1876, no. 2547, pp. 241-242
  • Ketterer, Daiv, “Poe’s Usage of the Hoax and the Unity of ‘Hans Phalll’,” Criticism, Fall 1971, 13:377-385
  • Nicholson, Majorie H., Voyages to the Moon, New York: Macmillan, 1948
  • Pollin, Burton R., ed., The Collected Writings of Edgar Allan Poe; Vol I- The Imaginary Voyages (Including The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, The Unparalled Adventure of one Hans Pfaall and The Journal of Julius Rodman), Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981.
  • Posey, Meredith N., “Notes on Poe’s ‘Hans Pfaall’,” Modern Language Notes, December 1930, 45:501-507
  • Reiss, Edmund, “The Comic Setting of ‘Hans Pfaall‘,‘” American Literature, September 1957, 29:306-309
  • Savoye, Jeffrey A., “Poe and the Gothic Bluebooks,” Edgar Allan Poe Review vol. 10, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 102-103. (Suggests a possible source in an early article called a “Journey to the Moon”)
  • Weissuch, Ted N., “Edgar Allan Poe: Hoaxer in the American Tradition,” New York Historical Society Quarterly Bulletin, July 1961, 45:291-309
  • Wilkinson, R. S., “Poe’s ‘Hans Pfaall’ Reconsidered,” Notes & Queries, September 1966, 13:333-337
  • 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.

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