Edgar Allan Poe — “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • (narrator) - Under development.

Setting:

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Date - Under development.

Summary:

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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1837, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version was presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1837-1839 — lost periodical — (Mabbott text A)  (Mabbott’s supposition is not entirely persuasive, but essentially boils down to the observation that this would be the only tale to appear in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque that did not previously enjoy printing in a periodical. Indeed, the “uncontroversial” nature of the tale, Mabbott argues, would have appealed to publishers at the time. He suggests, as a possibility, the Baltimore Saturday Visiter, for which no issues of 1837-1839 appear to have survived.)
  • Text-03 — “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1840 — TGA — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1842 — TGAPP (manuscript of title only) — (The tale is listed in Poe’s handwritten table of contents, but the text itself no longer survives. It was recorded, with perhaps a few additional changes made in proof, in Text-05.)
  • Text-05 — “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — September 6, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text C) (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)

 

Reprints:

  • “The Irish Gentleman and the Little Frenchman” — July 1840 — Bentley’s Miscellany  (unacknowledged)
  • Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-05  (Mabbott text D)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)  (Although Mabbott states that this version contains “authorial” changes, they seem so minor that they may be considered editorial or typographical, particularly in regard to the use of dialect)
  • “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 177-182 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 394-400) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:137-144) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales III, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (4:114-121, and 4:283-285)
  • Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:462-471)
  • “Why the Little Frenchman Wears His Hand in a Sling” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 364-369

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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:

  • “Pourquoi le petit Français porte la main en écharpe” — (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)
  • “Pourquoi le petit Français porte la main en écharpe” — August 1926 — La grande Revue (Paris)
  • “Pourquoi le petit Français porte la main en écharpe” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier

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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.
  • 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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