Text: Arthur Hobson Quinn, “Bibliography,” Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography (1941), pp. 763-770


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Space limitations have prevented me from publishing an extended Bibliography. As I have indicated in the text or footnotes the date of publication of practically every poem and short story, and of the most important criticisms by Poe, these may be found through the Index. Lists of biographical and critical books and articles concerning Poe, assembled in the hope of publication, I have included in the card files of the Bibliography of American Literature, in preparation through the Works Progress Administration, under the direction of Mr. E. H. O’Neill, at the University of Pennsylvania. This Bibliography is open to all qualified workers in the field. Duplicate files of the Poe section will be furnished by the University of Pennsylvania to any research library, on films, upon application.

Under these circumstances, it seemed best to publish a selective working Bibliography for quick reference. Preference has been given to collections and reprints of Poe's own work. Under “Biographical and Critical Works,” I have listed only books, and have omitted articles, except in a few cases of unusual importance, chiefly historical. All articles quoted in the text have been referred to by full titles in the footnotes.


CAMPBELL, KILLIS, in Cambridge History of American Literature (New York, 1918), II, 452-468. Accurate and still useful.

——, in Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (New York, 1927). [Contains an excellent bibliography of the various printings of the stories.]

HARRISON, JAMES A., in Virginia Edition of Poe, XVI, 355-379.

HEARTMAN, CHARLES F., and REDE, KENNETH, A Census of First Editions and Source Materials by Edgar Allan Poe in American Collections, 2 vols. (Metuchen, New Jersey, 1932).

HEARTMAN, C. F., and CANNY, J. R., A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1940). [Owing to errors, must be checked.]

ROBERTSON, JOHN W., A Bibliography of the Writings of Edgar A. Poe, 2 vols. (San Francisco, 1934).

STEDMAN, E. C., and WOODBERRY, G. E., in their edition of Poe's Works, X, 267-281.

WOODBERRY, G. E., in his Life of Poe, II, 399-417.

In More Books, the Bulletin of the Boston Public Library, beginning March, 1941, the complete list of the autograph letters of the Griswold Collection has been published. [page 764:]


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, 4 vols. (New York, 1850-1856). The Griswold “Memoir” was first published in Vol. III in 1850 and was afterwards transferred to Vol. I.

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by John H. Ingram, 4 vols. (Edinburgh, 1874-1875, 1880, etc.).

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by R. H. Stoddard, 6 vols. (New York, 1884, 1894).

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by E. C. Stedman and G. E. Woodberry, 10 vols. (Chicago, 1894-1895; New York, 1914).

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Edition, edited by James A. Harrison, 17 vols. (New York, 1902). Reprinted as the Monticello Edition, Large Paper (New York, 1902). [The most complete edition, unfortunately out of print.]

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by C. F. Richardson, 10 vols. (New York, 1902).

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, with Biography and Introduction by Nathan Haskell Dole, 10 vols. (London and New York, 1908).

The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by J. H. Whitty (Boston, 1911); Revised Edition (Boston, 1917).

The Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Killis Campbell (Boston, 1917). [The best edition of the Poems.]

Selected Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Thomas Ollive Mabbott (New York, 1928).


Tamerlane and Other Poems, By a Bostonian (Boston, 1827).

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

Poems. By Edgar A. Poe. Second Edition (New York, 1831).

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, of Nantucket. Comprising The Details of a Mutiny and Atrocious Butchery on Board the American Brig Grampus, on her Way to the South Seas, in the Month of June, 1827 (New York, 1838; London, 1838). Published anonymously.

The Conchologist's First Book; or, A System of Testaceous Malacology (Philadelphia, 1839; 1840, revised; 1845).

Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque, 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1840).

The Prose Romances of Edgar A. Poe, Uniform Serial Edition. Each Number Complete in Itself. No. 1 (Philadelphia, 1843). Contains “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “The Man That Was Used Up.” The only number issued.

Tales (New York, 1845; London, 1845, New York, 1849).

The Raven and Other Poems (New York, 1845; London, 1846). The Tales and the Poems were also published in one volume (New York, 1845).

Mesmerism “in Articulo Mortis”   (London, 1846) (pirated).

Eureka: A Prose Poem (New York, 1848). [page 765:]

In addition the following broadsides and leaflets are known:

Prospectus of the Penn Magazine (Philadelphia [June, 1840], [August 1840], [September, 1840], January 1, 1841).

Prospectus of the Stylus (New York, January, 1848, April, 1848). It is uncertain whether a Philadelphia 1843 issue appeared separately or not; no specimen is known.


The most useful reprints of Poe's works are as follows:

Tamerlane and Other Poems, reproduced in facsimile from the edition of 1827 with an Introduction by Thomas Ollive Mabbott (New York, Facsimile Text Society, 1941).

Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane and Minor Poems, reproduced from the edition of 1829, with a Bibliographical Note by Thomas O. Mabbott (New York, Facsimile Text Society, 1933).

Poems, reproduced from the edition of 1831, with a Bibliographical Note by Killis Campbell (New York, Facsimile Text Society, 1936).

Politian, an unfinished Tragedy by Edgar A. Poe, edited and published complete for the first time, by Thomas O. Mabbott (Richmond, 1923).

Doings of Gotham in a Series of Letters by Edgar Allan Poe as Described 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 O. Mabbott (Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1929).

The Gold Bug, with a Foreword by Hervey Allen and Notes on the text by Thomas O. Mabbott (Garden City, New York, 1929).

Poe's Short Stories, edited with an Introduction by Killis Campbell (New York, 1927).

Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by James Southall Wilson (New York, 1927). [Interesting Introduction.]

Selections from the Critical Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by F. C. Prescott (New York, 1909). [Good Introduction.]

Tales, with an Introduction by Carl Van Doren (New York, 1932).

Edgar Allan Poe and the Philadelphia Saturday Courier. Facsimile Reproductions of the First Texts of Poe's Earliest Tales and “Raising the Wind,” with an Introduction by John Grier Varner (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1933).

Edgar Allan Poe: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography, and Notes, edited by Margaret Alterton and Hardin Craig (New York, 1935).

Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, with Introduction by Hervey Allen (New York, 1938). [One-volume edition for popular use.]

The revived Southern Literary Messenger, edited by F. Meredith Dietz, is constantly reprinting articles by Poe published in that journal. [page 766:]


Ingram and Gill printed many letters of Poe. W. M. Griswold sold to the Century Magazine the right of publication of a large number of letters, and G. E. Woodberry edited them in his “Selections from the Correspondence of Edgar Allan Poe,” Century Magazine, XLVIII (1894), 572-583; 725-737; 854-866. He also published “The Poe-Chivers Papers,” Century, LXV (1903), 435-447, 545-558, and included many of these letters in his Life of Poe in 1909. Much new material was included in J. A. Harrison's Virginia Edition, Vols. I and XVII (Biography and Letters, 1902). The following publications of special groups of letters often contain material not to be found in Harrison or Woodberry:

Some Letters of Edgar Allan Poe to E. H. N. Patterson of Oquawka, Illinois, with comments by Eugene Field (Chicago, 1898).

“Letters of E. A. Poe, 1845-49,” Bulletin of the New York Public Library, VI (New York, 1902), 7-11.

Last Letters of Edgar Allan Poe to Sarah Helen Whitman, edited by J. A. Harrison (New York, 1909).

Some Edgar Allan Poe Letters, printed for private distribution only, from originals in the collection of W. K. Bixby (St. Louis, Missouri, 1915).

“The Letters from George W. Eveleth to Edgar Allan Poe,” edited by Thomas O. Mabbott in Bulletin of the New York Public Library (New York, 1922). Reprinted separately, 1922.

“The Letters of Edgar A. Poe to George W. Eveleth,” edited by James S. Wilson in Alumni Bulletin, University of Virginia, XVII (January, 1924), 34-59. Reprinted separately, 1924.

Edgar Allan Poe Letters Till Now Unpublished, in the Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia, with an Introductory Essay and Commentary by Mary Newton Stanard (Philadelphia, 1925).

“Letters from Mary E. Hewitt to Poe,” edited by Thomas O. Mabbott, in Christmas Books [[A Christmas Book]] (New York, Hunter College, 1937), pp. 116-121.

Edgar Allan Poe Letters and Documents in the Enoch Pratt Library, edited by A. H. Quinn and R. H. Hart (New York, Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1941).


BOOTH, BRADFORD A., and JONES, CLAUDE E., A Concordance of the Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Baltimore, 1941).


ALLEN, HERVEY, Israfel. The Life and Times of Edgar Allan Poe, 2 vols. (New York, 1926). Revised edition, 2 vols. in one (1934). [Written with spirit, but largely secondary, and with a tendency toward the romantic and the acceptance of unchecked evidence.] [page 767:]

——, and MABBOTT, THOMAS O., Poe's Brother. The Poems of William Henry Leonard Poe (New York, 1926).

ALTERTON, MARGARET B., Origins of Poe's Critical Theory (Iowa City, 1925).

BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES, “Edgar Poe, sa vie et ses oeuvres” in Histoires Extraordinaires, traduit D’Edgar Poe (Paris, 1856), Vol. VI of Oeuvres Complètes de Ch. Baudelaire (Paris, 1891).

——, “Notes Nouvelles sur Edgar Poe” in Nouvelles Histoires Extraordinaires, traduit D’Edgar Poe (Paris, 1857), Vol. VII of Oeuvres Complètes de Ch. Baudelaire (Paris, 1892).

BEWLEY, SIR EDMUND, The Origin and Early History of the Family of Pöe or Poe; (Dublin, 1906).

The Book of the Poe Centenary, edited by C. W. Kent and J. S. Patton (Charlottesville, University of Virginia, 1909).

BROWNELL, W. C., “Poe,” in American Prose Masters (New York, 1909).

CAMBIAIRE, CÉLESTIN P., The Influence of Edgar Allan Poe in France (New York, 1927).

CAMPBELL, KILLIS, “Poe,” in Cambridge History of American Literature (New York, 1918), II, 55-69.

——, The Mind of Poe, and Other Studies (Cambridge, 1932). [One of the most significant studies of Poe. Contains “The Mind of Poe,” “Contemporary Opinion of Poe,” “The Poe-Griswold Controversy,” “The Backgrounds of Poe,” “Self-Revelation in Poe's Poems and Tales,” “The Origins of Poe,” and “The Poe Canon.”]

——, “Poe Documents in the Library of Congress,” Modern Language Notes, XXV (April, 1910), 127-128. [First study of Ellis-Allan Letters.]

——, “Some Unpublished Documents Relating to Poe's Early Years,” in Sewanee Review, XX (April, 1912), 201-212.

——, “New Notes on Poe's Early Years,” The Dial, LX (February 17, 1916), 148-146.

——, “Poe's Reading,” University of Texas Studies in English, V (October, 1925), 166-196.

——, “Poe's Treatment of the Negro and of Negro Dialect,” University of Texas Studies in English, XVI (July, 1936), 106-114.

CANBY, HENRY S., “Edgar Allan Poe,” in Classic Americans (New York, 1931).

COBB, PALMER, The Influence of E. T. A. Hoffmann on the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1908).

DAMON, SAMUEL FOSTER, Thomas Holley Chivers, Friend of Poe (New York, 1930).

DIDIER, EUGENE L., The Poe Cult and Other Poe Papers (New York, 1909).

ENGLEKIRK, JOHN E., Edgar Allan Poe in Hispanic Literature (New York, 1934).

EVANS, MAY GARRETTSON, Music and Edgar Allan Poe (Baltimore, 1939).

Facts About Poe. Portraits and Daguerreotypes of Edgar Allan Poe. By Amanda P. Schulte, with a sketch of the Life of Poe, by James S. Wilson, University of Virginia Record Extension Series, X, No. 8, April, 1926. [A very useful book.] [page 768:]

FERGUSON, J. DELANCEY, American Literature in Spain (New York, 1916), 55-86; 229-236.

FORESTER, NORMAN, American Criticism: A Study in Literary Theory from Poe to the Present (Boston and New York, 1928).

FRENCH, JOHN C., “Poe and the Baltimore Saturday Visiter,” Modern Language Notes, XXXIII (May, 1918), 257-267.

“Poe's Literary Baltimore,” Maryland Historical Magazine, XXXII (June, 1937), 101-112.

GILL, WILLIAM F., The Life of Edgar Allan Poe (New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, 1877; London, 1878). [Some first-hand information and facsimiles, but not discriminating.]

HARRISON, JAMES A., Life and Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, 2 vols. (New York, 1903). Revision of Vols. I and XVII in Virginia Edition. [Enthusiastic and at times valuable, especially the letters.]

INGRAM, JOHN H., Edgar Allan Poe, His Life, Letters, and Opinions, 2 vol. (London, 1880; revised editions, 1 vol., 1884, 1891). [Historically interesting, and usually discriminating.]

JACKSON, DAVID K., Poe and the Southern Literary Messenger (Richmond, 1934).

——, The Contributors and Contributions to the Southern Literary Messenger (Charlottesville, Virginia, 1936).

KRUTCH, JOSEPH WOOD, Edgar Allan Poe, A Study in Genius (New York, 1926). [Based on a mistaken theory of Poe's physical constitution.]

LAUVRIERE, ÉMILE, Edgar Poe. Sa vie et son oeuvre, 2 vols. (Paris, 1904). [One of the modern pioneers in French criticism of Poe.]

——, L’étrange Vie et les étranges Amours d’Edgar Poe (Paris, [1935]) Translated by Edwin G. Rich as The Strange Life and the Strange Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (Philadelphia, 1935).

——, Le Génie Morbide D’Edgar Poe. Poèsies et Contes (Paris, n.d., [1935]). [This volume of criticism is better than the above biography by Lauvrière. He lays too much stress upon Poe's relations with women.]

LEMONNIER, LÉON, Edgar Poe et la Critique Française de 1845 à 1875 (Paris, 1928).

——, Les Traducteurs d’Edgar Poe en France de 1845 à 1875: Charles Baudelaire (Paris, 1928).

Edgar Poe et les Poètes Français (Paris, 1932). [Lemonnier is one of the most prolific of the French critics of Poe. Several of his articles are included in the volumes given above. See also below.]

——, “Edgar Poe et le Roman scientifique Français,” La Grande Revue, XXXIV (August, 1930), 214-223.

——, “L’influence d’Edgar Poe sur les conteurs Français symbolistes et décadents,” Revue de littérature comparée, XIII (Paris, 1933), 102-133.

LOWELL, JAMES RUSSELL, “Our Contributors, No. XVII, Edgar Allan Poe,” Graham's Magazine, XXVII (February, 1845), 49-53.

MABBOTT, THOMAS OLLIVE, Editor, Merlin, Baltimore, 1827, Together with Recollections of Edgar A. Poe by Lambert A. Wilmer (New York, 1941). [page 769:]

MAUCLAIR, CAMILLE (Faust), Le Génie d’Edgar Poe; la légende et la vérité — la méthode — la pensée — l’influence en France (Paris, c. 1925). [More sensible than the usual French treatment of Poe. Useful also in the discussion of Poe's influence on French literature.]

MORRIS, G. D., Fenimore Cooper et Edgar Poe d’après la critique française du dix-neuvième siècle (Paris, 1912).

NICHOLS, MARY GOVE, “Reminiscences of Edgar Allan Poe,” Sixpenny Magazine, February, 1863. Privately printed, with introductory letter by T. O. Mabbott (New York, 1931).

PHILLIPS, MARY E., Edgar Allan Poe, the Man, 2 vols. (Philadelphia, 1926). [The product of much labor, but poorly organized. Profusely illustrated.]

POPE-HENNESSY, UNA, Edgar Allan Poe, a Critical Biography (London, 1934). [Conservative, secondary, and contributes little original material.]

PRITCHARD, JOHN P., “Horace and Edgar Allan Poe,” Classical Weekly, XXVI (March 6, 1933), 129-133.

——, “Aristotle's Influence upon American Criticism,” Proceedings of the American Philological Association, LXVII (1936), 341-362.

ROBERTSON, JOHN W., Edgar A. Poe, a Psychopathic Study (New York, 1923). [Quite sensible, for a book of this nature.]

SEYLAZ, LOUIS, Edgar Poe et les premiers symbolistes français (Lausanne, 1923).

SHANKS, EDWARD, Edgar Allan Poe (London and New York, 1937). [Inaccurate in biography, no real contribution.]

SMITH, C. ALPHONSO, Edgar Allan Poe: How to Know Him (Indianapolis, 1921).

STANARD, MARY NEWTON, The Dreamer, The Life Story of Poe (Philadelphia, 1925). [An imaginary biography.]

STEDMAN, E. C., “Edgar Allan Poe,” Scribner's Monthly, XX (May, 1880), 107-124. Also in book form (Boston, 1881). Revised in Poets of America (Boston, 1898). See also his introductions to the Works, I, 91-121; VI, xi-xxvi and X, xiii-xxxv.

STOVALL, FLOYD, “Poe's Debt to Coleridge,” University of Texas Studies in English, X (1930), 70-127. [Studied and not always correct, but scholarly.]

THOMPSON, JOHN R., The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe, edited and arranged by James H. Whitty and James H. Rindfleisch (Richmond, Virginia, privately printed, 1929).

TICKNOR, CAROLINE, Poe's Helen (New York, 1916).

WEISS, SUSAN ARCHER, The Home Life of Poe (New York, 1907). [See comment in text.]

WHITMAN, SARAH HELEN, Edgar Poe and his Critics (New York, 1860). Second edition (Providence, 1885).

WILLIS, NATHANIEL PARKER, “Death of Edgar A. Poe,” Home Journal (October 20, 1849).

WILSON, JAMES SOUTHALL, “The Young Man Poe,” Virginia Quarterly Review, II (April, 1926), 238-253. [page 770:]

WOODBERRY, GEORGE E., Edgar Allan Poe (Boston, 1885). American Men of Letters.

——, The Life of Edgar Allan Poe, Personal and Literary, with his Chief Correspondence with Men of Letters, 2 vols. (Boston, 1909). [Revision and expansion of the earlier biography. Scholarly and usually accurate, but written before certain important material was available, and leaning too much upon Griswold.]





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