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Edgar Allan Poe vs Edgar Allen Poe


Take a look at this book cover. What’s wrong with it? I had to look twice. Edgar Allan Poe is incorrectly printed as Edgar Allen Poe. The publisher lacking in proofreading skills was the International Fiction Library in Cleveland, although I like the actual cover art.

I emailed Dan Gregory at Between the Covers bookshop in New Jersey and asked how often this happened, when a horrendous typo made it all the way into print and then into bookshops too.

“One answer might be, ‘More often than the authors would like!’” replied Dan, who also pointed me towards Ernest Hemingway’s first appearance in a book.

The Best Short Stories of 1923 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story edited by Edward O’Brien is dedicated to Hemingway and contains one of his stories, and yet Hemingway is spelled “Hemenway” throughout.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue might not pass the accuracy test but copies are definitely a talking point.

Poe was born Edgar Poe in Boston on 19 January 1809. His mother died of TB and his father did a runner. Young Poe was fostered by John Allan, a merchant in Richmond, Virginia, who added Allan to his name.

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Richard Davies

One Response to “Edgar Allan Poe vs Edgar Allen Poe”

  1. Another one is titled “Merlin”–but on the spine of the dust jacket it’s spelled “Merln”.