Edgar Allan Poe — “The Island of the Fay”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Island of the Fay” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Island of the Fay” — May 1841, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02) — (the printing in Graham’s is dated at the end as “Philadelphia, May, 1841”)
  • Text-02 — “The Island of the Fay” — June 1841 — Graham’s — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Island of the Fay” — 1842 — TGAPP (manuscript of title only) — (The title is listed in Poe’s handwritten table of contents, but the text itself no longer survives. It was probably a modified version of the printed text from Graham’s Magazine, and is presumably recorded, with perhaps a few additional changes made in proof, in Text-04.)
  • Text-04 — “The Island of the Fay” — October 4, 1845 — Broadway Journal — (Mabbott text B)
  • Text-05 — “The Island of the Fay” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text C)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • “The Island of the Fay” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, first series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 360-365 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “The Island of the Fay” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram, vol. 1, pp. 273-278 (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “The Island of the Fay” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (2:84-91)
  • The Island of the Fay” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 4: Tales III, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (4:193-199, and 4:307-308)
  • The Island of the Fay” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 2: Tales & Sketches I, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (2:597-606)
  • “The Island of the Fay” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, ed. Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 933-938


Comparative and Study Texts:

Instream Comparative and Study Texts:

  • None.


Plain Text Files for Juxta:

  • None.


Associated Material and Special Versions:

Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “L‘Ile de la fée” — (French translation by Charles Baudelaire)
    • “L‘Ile de la fée” — January 28-30, 1855 — Le Pays
    • “L‘Ile de la fée” — Part I — January 28, 1855
    • “L‘Ile de la fée” — Part II — January 30, 1855
  • “L‘Ile de la fée” — 1857 — Nouvelles histoires par Edgar Poe, Paris: Michel Lévy frères



  • 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.
  • Ljungquist, Kent P., “Poe’s ‘Island of the Fay‘: The Passing of Fairyland,” Studies in Short Fiction (1977), 14:265-271.
  • 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.
  • Miller, F. DeWolfe, “The Basis for Poe’s ‘The Island of the Fay’,” American Literature (May 1942), 14:135-140.
  • 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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