Edgar Allan Poe — “The Sphinx”





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Reading and Reference Texts:

Reading copy:

  • “The Sphinx” — reading copy


Historical Texts:

Manuscripts and Authorized Printings:

  • Text-01 — “The Sphinx” — 1845, no original manuscript or fragments are known to exist (but this version is presumably recorded in Text-02)
  • Text-02 — “The Sphinx” — January 1846 — Arthur’s Ladies’ Magazine — (Mabbott text A)
  • Text-03 — “The Sphinx” — 1850 — WORKS — (Mabbott text C)  (This is Mabbott’s copy-text)



  • The Sphinx” — 1850 — The American Keepsake for 1851 — (Mabbott text B) (This appears to be a reprint of Text-02, with a few very minor editorial changes.) (Heartman and Canny state that “... it has been thought that Miss Wilmot had access to Poe’s MS. even if Poe did not arrange the publication himself” (H&C, 1943, p. 133). Although uncredited, the source for this assertion is presumably Thomas Ollive Mabbott, who provided numerous bibliographical details for Heartman. In his edition of the Tales and Sketches (1978), Mabbott says only “... Anna Wilmot, who edited the gift book, may have obtained Poe’s tale from Arthur” (T&S, 3:1246).
  • “The Sphinx” — 1852 — Tales and Sketches: to which is added The Raven: A Poem, London, George Routledge & Co.
  • “The Sphinx” — November 1855 — Home Magazine (This appears to be a reprint of Text-02.)
  • “The Sphinx” — 1867 — Prose Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, second series (New York: W. J. Widdleton), pp. 137-141 (This collection is extracted from the 1850-1856 edition of Poe’s Works. It was reprinted several times.)
  • “The Sphinx” — 1874 — Works of Edgar A. Poe, edited by J. H. Ingram (vol. II, pp. 351-355) (This collection was subsequently reprinted in various forms)
  • “The Sphinx” — July 1926 — Amazing Stories, vol. 1, no. 4


Scholarly and Noteworthy Reprints:

  • “The Sphinx” — 1894-1895 — The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales, ed. G. E. Woodberry and E. C. Stedman, Chicago: Stone and Kimball (3:249-255)
  • The Sphinx” — 1902 — The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 6: Tales V, ed. J. A. Harrison, New York: T. Y. Crowell (6:238-244, and 6:297)
  • The Sphinx” — 1978 — The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe, vol. 3: Tales & Sketches II, ed. T. O. Mabbott, Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (3:1245-1251)
  • “The Sphinx” — 1984 — Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, Patrick F. Quinn (New York: Library of America), pp. 843-847


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Miscellaneous Texts and Related Items:

  • “Le Sphinx” — (French translation by William L. Hughes)
    • “Le Sphinx” — December 20, 1855 — Le Mousquetaire
    • “Le Sphinx” — 1862 — Contes inedts d‘Edgar Poe, Paris: J. Hetzel
  • “Le Sphinx” — 1914 — Edgar Poe: Histories étranges et Merrveilleuses, Paris: Mercure de France (French translation by M. D. Calvocoressi)
  • “Le Sphinx” — 1934 — Les Sphinx et autres contes bizarres par Edgar Poë, Paris: Galliard (French translation by Matila C. Ghyka)
  • “Le Sphinx” — 1950 — Histories grotesques et sérieuse par Edgar Poe, Paris: Classiques Garnier  (French translation by Léon Lemonnier)
  • “Sfenks” — 1955 — Altin Böcek [Golden Beetle], Varlik edition, Istanbul (Turkish translation) (the small softbound book has 109 pages. It features “The Gold-Bug” but includes seven other tales.)
  • “The Sphinx” — 2010 — Audio book, read by Chris Aruffo



  • 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.
  • 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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