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Alterton, Margaret. Origins of Poe’s Critical Theory. University of Iowa Humanistic Studies, volume II, number 3. Published by the University, Iowa City, 1925.

Bandy, William T. A Tentative Checklist of Translations of Poe’s Works. Madison, Wisconsin, 1959.

Bielfeld, Jacob Friedrich, baron. Les Premiers Traits de l’erudition universelle, ou Analyse abrégée de toutes les sciences, des beaux-arts et der belles-lettres. 3 vols., Leide: S. & J. Luchtmans, 1767.

——— l’Erudition universelle, ou Analyse abrégée . . . par M. le Baron de Bielfeld. 4 vols., Berlin, 1768. [Publisher not named.]

——— The Elements of Universal Erudition, containing an Analytical Abridgment of the Sciences, Polite Arts, and Belles Lettres, by Baron Bielfeld . . . translated from the last edition printed at Berlin. By W. Hooper, M.D. . . . Printed by G. Scott for J. Robson and B. Law . . . 3 vols., London, 1770.

Poe drew frequently from Bielfeld, and cited the 1767 edition in his review of Moore’s Alciphron. Pagination differs, but book, chapter, and section numbers are the same in the three editions listed.

Bryant, Jacob. A New System; or, An Analysis of Antient Mythology. A compendium of ancient lore based on great erudition, pointing out similarities between “Gentile” legends and Old Testament narratives in an endeavor to confirm the Scriptural accounts and to prove the common origin of mankind. Bryant laid emphasis on etymology (often erroneous), a defect criticized by many of his contemporaries, who nevertheless greatly respected him for his learning. Poe probably used the third edition (1807).

Campbell, Killis. The Mind of Poe and other Studies. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1933. Seven important articles by the leading Poe authority of his day.

Chivers, Thomas Holley. Chivers’ Life of Poe. Edited with an Introduction by Richard Beale Davis. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. 1952.

Chivers, Thomas Holley. The Complete Works of Thomas Holley Chivers. Edited by E. L. Chase and L. P. Parks. Vol. I. Providence, R. I.: Brown University Press, 1957.

Coleridge, Henry Nelson. Introductions to the Study of the Greek Classic Poets. Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1831. Poe’s immediate source for some of his classical references.

Disraeli, Benjamin. Vivian Grey. [First edition.] 5 vols. London: H. Colburn, 1826. Influential in Poe’s early tales.

D’Israeli, Isaac. Curiosities of Literature. 6th ed. in 3 vols. London: J. Murray, 1817, and subsequent editions. [page 1406:]

The first series in this collection of “anecdotes, characters, sketches, and observations, literary, critical, and historical” was issued by Murray in 1791 and reprinted in Philadelphia the same year. Revised repeatedly with numerous changes, augmented and rearranged, frequently combined with one or another of the author’s other works — his essay on “The Literary Character” and others — it went through edition after edition in both England and America. Poe showed his familiarity with it as early as his review of Paul Ulric (SLM, February 1886), mentioned it in “Pinakidia” the following August, and was undoubtedly indebted to it for suggestions throughout his career. A one-volume American abridgment (1844) included “Curiosities of American Literature” by R. W. Griswold.

Gordan, John D. Edgar Allan Poe . . . A Catalogue of First Editions, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, from the Berg Collection. New York: The New York Public Library, 1949.

Griswold, Rufus Wilmot, ed. The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe, with a Memoir by Rufus Wilmot Griswold and Notices of His Life and Genius by N. P. Willis and J. R. Lowell. New York: J. S. Redfield. vols. I-III, 1850; vol. IV, 1856. The “Memoir” appeared first in vol. III, but was moved to vol. I in subsequent issues.

Griswold, Rufus Wilmot. Passages from the Correspondence and Papers of Rufus W. Griswold. Cambridge, Massachusetts: W. M. Griswold, 1898. Most of the originals are now in the Boston Public Library, which issued a catalogue in its periodical More Books and its successor, the Boston Public Library Quarterly, between March 1941 and April 1951.

Harrison, James A., ed. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. 17 vols. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, 1902: the “Virginia Edition.” Volume 1, biography, and volume 17, letters, were also issued as Life and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe (2 vols., New York: Crowell, 1902-1903).

Heartman, Charles F., and James R. Canny, compilers. A Bibliography of the First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe. Revised edition. Hattiesburg, Miss.: The Book Farm, 1943. In spite of the errors that remain in the revised edition, this work is invaluable for the student of the works of Poe.

Indiana List. “The J. K. Lilly Collection of Edgar Allan Poe,” by David A. Randall, in the Indiana University Bookman, March 1960.

Ingram, John H. Edgar Allan Poe: His Life, Letters and Opinions. 2 vols. London: John Hogg, 1880. The first serious and comprehensive biography of Poe. Ingram, an Englishman, zealously collected and preserved a great deal of source material from Poe’s contemporaries. He published many articles and an edition of Poe in four volumes.

Ingram List. See Miller, John Carl.

Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed. Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe. vol. I, Poems. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1969. One of the unusual features of this edition of Poe’s poems is the “Annals,” a 43-page account of Poe’s life year by year.

Miller, John Carl. John Henry Ingram’s Poe Collection at the University of [page 1407:] Virginia: A Calendar . . . Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1960. Cited as the Ingram List, it is an extremely valuable checklist of manuscripts, letters and clippings.

Moldenhauer, Joseph J. A Descriptive Catalog of Edgar Allan Poe Manuscripts in the Humanities Research Center Library, The University of Texas at Austin. [Austin, Texas, 1978; A Texas Quarterly Supplement.] This has been a valuable tool for the assisting editors.

Mott, Frank Luther. A History of American Magazines, 1741-1850. New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1930. The first of five volumes, it presents not only a general history but individual sketches with precise listings of dates, title changes, editors, publishers, and other specific information concerning the significant magazines of the period it covers.

New-York Mirror. This “weekly journal devoted to literature and the fine arts,” went through several phases and confusing changes of title. It was founded in 1828 as the New-York Mirror and Ladies’ Gazette by George Pope Morris, who during the best parts of its life was its editor or publisher or both, with a succession of associates. In 1831, the year it was joined by Nathaniel Parker Willis, it dropped the last part of its title in favor of the description quoted above. Financial troubles brought about its demise at the end of 1842. It was revived by Morris and Willis in April 1843 as the New Mirror, which flourished until October 1844 when, to avoid the high postal rates on magazines, it became a daily newspaper — the Evening Mirror — with the Weekly Mirror as an adjunct. With the beginning of the daily, Hiram Fuller was made a third partner. Poe, who had been engaged as a critical writer in September 1844, left in February 1845 for the Broadway Journal. In the same month Willis, and a little later Morris, also withdrew, and the glory was departed, although Fuller continued the weekly as the New York Mirror until 1847.

Ostrom, John Ward, ed. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe. 2 vols. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1948. Mr. Ostrom published two supplements (AL, November 1952 and March 1957, 24:358-366 and 29:79-86 respectively) before the publication of a new edition of The Letters . . . (Gordian Press, New York, 1966). This edition contains a photographic reproduction of the 1948 edition followed by a supplementary section that includes the material in the first and second supplements mentioned above and additional material forming a third supplement. In January 1974 (AL, 45:513-586) Mr. Ostrom published a fourth supplement.

Phillips, Mary Elizabeth. Edgar Allan Poe: The Man. 2 vols. Chicago-Philadelphia-Toronto: The John C. Winston Company, 1926. Presents important source material but must be used with discretion.

Poe, Edgar Allan. (For further information on books by Poe, see Sources of Texts Collated, and Index.) His separately published volumes in chronological order are:

Tamerlane and Other Poems. Boston, 1827.

Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems. Baltimore, 1829.

Poems. Second Edition. New York, 1831. [page 1408:]

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. New York, 1838.

The Conchologist’s First Book. Philadelphia, 1839.

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Philadelphia, 1840.

Prose Romances No. 1. Philadelphia, 1843.

Tales. New York, 1845.

The Raven and Other Poems. New York, 1845.

Mesmerism “in articulo mortis” (pirated). London, 1846.

Eureka: A Prose Poem. New York, 1848.

Poe Newsletter, Pullman, Washington. Editor, G. R. Thompson. Volume 1, number 1, April 1968. Twice a year this publication supplies current articles and bibliographies on the works of Poe. The name was changed to Poe Studies with the issue of June 1971 (Volume IV, number 1).

Pollin, Burton R. Dictionary of Names and Titles in Poe’s Collected Works. New York: Da Capo Press, 1968. Based upon The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, ed. James A. Harrison, 1902. This has been a most valuable tool for the assisting editors.

Pollin, Burton R. Discoveries in Poe. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1970. A selection of twelve of the most substantial of Mr. Pollin’s numerous articles. The emphasis is on Poe’s multiple sources and their complex relationships in his works.

Quinn, Arthur Hobson. Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography. New York and London: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1941. A distinguished piece of scholarship, indispensable to the student of Poe’s life and works.

Quinn, Arthur Hobson, and Richard H. Hart, eds. Edgar Allan Poe: Letters and Documents in the Enoch Pratt Free Library. New York: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1941.

“ ‘Quoth the Raven’: An Exhibition of the work of Edgar Allan Poe . . . from the collections of H. Bradley Martin and Colonel Richard Gimbel,” Yale University Library Gazette, 33:138-189 (April 1959). Cited as the Yale List.

Robertson, John W. Bibliography of the Writings of Edgar A. Poe. 2 vols. San Francisco: Russian Hill Private press, Edwin & Robert Grabhorn, 1934. Peculiarly useful for its reproductions of title pages and other documents.

Smith, Horatio. Zillah; a Tale of the Holy City. 4 vols. London: Henry Colburn, New Burlington Street, 1828.

Stedman, Edmund Clarence, and George Edward Woodberry. The Works of Edgar Allan Poe. 10 vols. Chicago, 1894-95. There are later printings with different pagination.

Wallace, Horace Binney (“William Landor”). Stanley, or the Recollections of a Man of the World. 2 vols. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1838. A novel.

Willis, Nathaniel Parker. Prose Works in Complete Works. New York: J. S. Redfield, Clinton Hall, 1846.

Woodberry, George Edward. Edgar Allan Poe. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1885 (American Men of Letters series).

Woodberry, George Edward. The Life of Edgar Allan Poe, personal and literary, with his chief correspondence with men of letters. 2 vols. Boston and New [page 1409:] York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1909. A thorough revision and expansion of the 1885 biography, judiciqus, appreciative of Poe’s genius, and beautifully written. Woodberry was not well informed about Poe’s early life, but his book is indispensable for the serious student.

Wyllie, John Cook. “A List of the Texts of Poe’s Tales,” Humanistic Studies in Honor of John Calvin Metcalf. New York: Columbia University Press; 1941. A convenient list of “all authoritative texts of Poe’s tales of which the compiler has any knowledge.” In general only the “Duane Messenger” texts with Poe’s manuscript changes are omitted.

Yale List. See “Quoth the Raven,” above.


Three of Poe’s well-known series must be added to the foregoing list. Because of their close connection with the tales they are frequently cited in these volumes.

“Pinakidia,” Southern Literary Messenger, August 1836, pp. 573-582. Three introductory paragraphs and 172 separate items taken, as Poe states, “from the confused mass of marginal notes and entries in a commonplace book.” This early compilation, mined repeatedly for later works, will appear in a succeeding volume of the Collected Works where the items are numbered to follow the original sequence. It differs slightly from that in Harrison’s 1902 edition.

“The Doings of Gotham,” a series of seven newsletters about life in New York, written between May 14 and June 25, 1844, and printed in the Columbia Spy, Columbia, Pennsylvania. They may be seen in Doings of Gotham, as described in a series of letters to the editors of the Columbia Spy, together with various editorial comments and criticisms by Poe now first collected by Jacob E. Spannuth, with a preface, introduction and comments by Thomas Ollive Mabbott. Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Jacob E. Spannuth, Publisher, 1929.

“Marginalia,” seventeen installments in four magazines: Democratic Review, November and December 1844, April and July 1846 (July not in Harrison); Godey’s Lady’s Book as “Marginal Notes,” August and September 1845; Graham’s Magazine, March, November, and December 1816, January, February, and March 1848 (March not in Harrison); Southern Literary Messenger, April, May, June, July, and September 1849.

See “Preface to Marginalia,” pp. 1113-1116, for Poe’s description of this series. As in “Pinakidia,” the separate items have been numbered in sequence as they will appear in a succeeding volume of the Collected Works.





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