Tamerlane and Other Poems “by a Bostonian” is a page booklet of poems written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was his first (self) published work. Tamerlane, the. Tamerlane: Tamerlane, dramatic monologue by Edgar Allan Poe, published in Tamerlane and Other Poems () and revised in later editions of the book. Tamerlane and other poems / by Edgar Allan Poe ; reproduced in facsimile from the edition of , with an introduction by Thomas Ollive Mabbott.
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T HE same orher that witnessed the publication, at Louth in Lincolnshire, of Alfred Tennyson ‘s first schoolboy volume of verse also gave pe, at that literary capital of the United States of America which takes its name from another Lincolnshire town, to Edgar Poe’s maiden book.
Its diminutiveness, probably quite as much as the fact that it was “suppressed through circumstances of a private nature,” accounts for its almost entire disappearance. The motto on the title-page purports to be from Cowper: Inwhen the little “Tamerlane” booklet was thus modestly ushered into the world, Poe had not yet attained his nineteenth year.
Both in promise and in actual performance, it may claim to rank as the most remarkable production that any English-speaking and English-writing poet of this century has published in his teens. In this earliest form of it the poem which gives its chief title to the little volume is divided into seventeen otger, of irregular length, containing a total of lines.
Tamerlane and other poems (1884)
Eleven explanatory prose notes are added, which disappear in all subsequent editions. A critic whose familiar acquaintance with the text of Poe gives weight to his verdict, declares that although “different in structure, and explaining some things which, in later copies, are left to the imagination, the Tamerlane of is in many parts quite equal to the present poem. Of the nine ” Fugitive Pieces ” which follow only three, and these in a somewhat altered form, alllan included by the author in his later collection.
The remaining six have never been reprinted in book form, although they were, together with a few extracts from the earliest version of “Tamerlane,” printed so incorrectly, however, as to be practically valueless, in a magazine article on ” The Unknown Poetry of Edgar Poe ,” contributed by Mr. Ingram to Belgravia for June I have no desire to disparage or underrate, and have already taken occasion to render tribute to, the worthy and loyal service and labour of love performed by Mr. Ingram, with zeal othfr not always with discretion, on the edgr of Poe, and still more notably in clearing oter life and memory from the aspersions of contemporary calumniators.
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But, in justice both to myself and to others, I am compelled to repudiate and refute the untenable and, as it seems to me, preposterous claim recently put forward by him in the columns of a leading literary journal,  to be the discoverer of the first edition of Poe’s Tamerlaneand to possess a sort of moral right of monopoly over it.
The facts are simply these, and had I been allowed, as in all fairness I ought to have been, to disclose them in the columns of the journal which gave insertion to Mr. Ingram’s ex parte statement, I need not have troubled the reader with them here. First as to discovery. The only copy of Edgar Poe’s volume at present known to have escaped destruction, came into the possession of the British Museum on the 10th Octoberwhich date is according to custom officially impressed in red, at the end of the volume, i.
Ingram did not commence his work on the text of Poe until several years after this: In the “Tamerlane” extracts, as thus printed by Mr. Ingram, there were two textual misprints in the Preface, and five in the text; in the “Fugitive Pieces” there were at least five misprints, seriously affecting the sense. This assertion can easily be proved and cannot possibly be refuted. And now as to the claim to monopoly. Since the publication of his Belgravian article, shown to be valueless on account of its inaccuracy, nearly eight more years have elapsed, and until the announcement of the present venture, Mr.
Tamerlan had made no attempt, and given no sign of his intention, to reissue the contents of Poe’s booklet, either separately or in any other shape. His claim to monopoly, therefore, is just as unreasonable and absurd as I have already proved his claim to discovery to be.
Ogher has remarked, “in Edgar Poe’s first book” and which therefore all the more should have had no fresh ones superadded. These I have thought it best to correct, wherever they are perfectly obvious a list of them and of proposed conjectural emendations is appendedand I have also reduced the orthography and punctuation to a uniform standard.
The present case was not one where a facsimile reprint was desirable,—the typography, arrangement, size, and general appearance of the original edition being unsatisfactory in the extreme. Should this attempt to perpetuate and preserve from destruction a little volume to which might hitherto have been applied the French bibliographer’s epithet of “introuvable,” prove acceptable to admirers and lovers of Poe, I hope eventually to have the opportunely of reissuing successively the hardly less rare volumes published by him at Baltimore in and at New York in George Edward Woodberryof Beverly, Mass.
Ingram states that he has a copy, and thinks it unique because Poe stated peoms the edition was suppressed.
I do not think it was suppressed, however, and as you may be interested in the tameelane I extend this note. Thomas, was a very obscure man, who had a printer’s shop at Boston only in that year; I have sought through all the Tameroane families of Mass.
I can find no other book with his imprint. Consequently I suppose the edition to have been small and obscure. It was published between June and October,probably in June. It was not noticed or advertised, apparently, but it occurs in the North American Review ‘ s quarterly list of new publications, in the October number, [vol.
How Poe, a youth of eighteen, in a strange city, friendless and penniless as he was, persuaded this unknown printer to issue his volume, is a mystery to me. I have talked with old men, and had the printers and publishers who survive from that time interrogated, but though Boston was a small town, no one knew Thomas or ever heard of him.
You may be sure, however, that the Mr. Ingram who seems to own Poe, is wrong in believing that the volume was only printed, and not published. Poe left Boston in October of that year.
Original edition, page 6, line 10, et aklan. Reprint, page 22line 6, et infra ,-‘”Aye” for “Ay. Ingram had already made this emendation in his article in Belgravia.
We are indebted to Mr. Ingram’s ingenuity for the reading adopted in the text. Ingram poemw the substitution of “mist” for “wish,”—a reading adopted in the text. Ingram prints “sigh,” and we have no hesitation in adopting his suggestion. See last line of first stanza. Ingram prints “fever,” which we somewhat hesitatingly, however, adopt.
Tamerlane and Other Poems – Edgar Allan Poe, Book, etext
For works with similar titles, see Tamerlane and other poems. One hundred copies only printed. Half-title, “Fugitive Pieces,” with blank reverse. Retrieved from ” https: Pages with override author.
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