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OF

EDGAR ALLAN POE

EDITED BY JOHN H. INGRAM

VOL. IV.

AUTOGRAPHY, CRITICISMS, AND INDEX

THIRD EDITION

EDINBURGH
ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK

1883

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PREFACE.

This, the fourth volume of Edgar Allan Poe's works, concludes the series. The collection includes much that will be new to the admirers of Poe's writings, and contains everything, it is believed, which either the public or the author himself would wish preserved. The only omissions it has been deemed justifiable to make are certain portions of his juvenile poems, and the “Discussion with Outis” on the subject of “Plagiarism,” which appeared in 1845, in the first volume of the Broadway Journal. The discussion was of ephemeral interest, and such of his own remarks as were likely to be of any permanent value Poe embodied in “Marginalia” and other subsequent writings.

Many of the critiques contained in this volume, it may be remarked, differ considerably from those in the American collection of Poe's works, edited by Mr. Griswold; in explanation of these discrepancies I can but state the fact that they are now reprinted (with a few omissions of quotations) as they appeared in the original publications.

JOHN H. INGRAM.

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