Edgar Allan Poe — “The Devil in the Belfry”


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Commentary:

Characters:

  • The narrator (unnamed) - The narrator of this story is chiefly an observer.
  • The Devil - Under development.
  • The Belfry-man - Under development.
  • The various inhabitants of Vondervotteimittiss - The burghers, the fraus (women), the boys, the cats, the dogs, and the pigs.
  • etc. - Under development.

Setting:

Location - Under development.

Date - Under development.

Summary:

Under development.


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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — reading copy

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Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Devil in the Belfry. An Extravaganza.” — 1839, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Devil in the Belfry. An Extravaganza.” — May 18, 1839 — Saturday Chronicle — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1840— TGA — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-04 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1840 — manuscript revision in “Pedder” copy of TGA — (Mabbott text C)  (This version is a modified form of Text-03, presented to Ann and Bessie Pedder)
  • Text-05 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1842 — TGAPP — (Mabbott text D)  (This version is a modified form of Text-03)
  • Text-06 — “The Devil in the Belfry” — November 8, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text E)  (For Griswold’s 1850 reprinting of this text, see the entry below, under reprints.)

 

Reprints:

  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1850 — WORKS — Griswold reprints Text-06  (Mabbott text F)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)
  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 87-95 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 299-307) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)

 

Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (4:103-114) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales II, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (3:247-257, and 3:333-335)
  • The Devil in the Belfry” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:362-378)
  • “The Devil in the Belfry” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 298-306

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Comparative Texts:

Instream Comparative Texts:

  • The Devil in the Belfry” — comparative text (TGA-Pedder) (This comparative text shows the changes Poe made in manuscript in this presentation copy of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque in 1840.)
  • The Devil in the Belfry” — comparative text (TGAPP) (This comparative text shows the changes Poe made in manuscript in his own copy of Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque in 1842, the intended new edition being called Phantasy Pieces.)

 

Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.

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Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • ”Le diable dans le beffroi” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
  • ”Le diable dans le beffroi” — September 20, 1854 — Le Pays
  • ”Le diable dans le beffroi” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères

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Bibliography:

  • Bachinger, Katrina E., “The Aesthetics of (Not) Keeping in Step: Reading the Consumer Mobocracy of Poe’s ‘The Devil in the Belfry’ against Peacock,” Modern Language Quarterly (1990), 51:513-533.
  • Eddings, Dennis W., “Poe’s Tell-Tale Clocks,” Baltimore: The Edgar Allan Poe Society, 1994.
  • Forbes, Christopher J., “Satire of Irving’s A History of New York in Poe’s ‘The Devil in the Belfry’,” Studies in American Fiction (1982), 10:93-100.
  • 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.
  • Lynch, James J., “The Devil in the Writings of Irving, Hawthorne, and Poe,” New York Folklore Quarterly (Summer 1952), 8:111-113.
  • 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.
  • Weber, Jean-Paul, “Edgar Poe on the Theme of the Clock,” La Nouvelle Revue Francais (August-September 1958), 68:301-311 and 69:498-508.
  • Whipple, William, “Poe’s Political Satire,” University of Texas Studies in English (1956), 35:81-95.
  • 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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