The Museum Collection

Maunscript for "Siope"

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Creator: Edgar Allan Poe
Date: 1832
Format: Manuscript
Dimensions: 7.75" x 5.75"
Source: Merrill Griswold
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: The Baltimore Book
Place of Publication: Baltimore, Maryland
Publish Date: 1838


Later renamed "Silence," "Siope" is among Poe's earliest short stories. It took him six years to find a publisher for it. "Siope" is one of the Tales of the Folio Club, Poe's never-published collection of stories. Poe scholar Thomas Ollive Mabbott called this work "a masterpiece of poetic prose" but noted that "it is however the most cryptic of Poe?s tales." First published in the Baltimore Book of 1838, "Siope" was later collected in Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque.

The manuscript was given to the Poe Museum by Merrill Griswold, grandson of Poe's literary executor, Rufus W. Griswold, in 1947.