College of Liberal Arts

Department of English


Douglas William Lind

"A Early Unrecorded London Variant of 'The Raven'"

The discovery of an unrecorded printing of "The Raven" in a May 1846 issue of the London World of Fashion adds plausibility to Elizabeth Barrett's statement that the poem was causing a sensation throughout England. The author examines the changing publishing environment and readership market in England that created an opportunity whereby "The Raven" found its way into a monthly fashion periodical. Textual analysis considers the possibility that intentional editorial changes catered to the periodical's target audience and at the same time illustrates how they altered the rhythm and, in a few instances, the meaning of the poem. The discovery of this variant suggests that exploring British periodicals for other unlikely sources of unauthorized Poe reprints may be fruitful.







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