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It has been many years since I read that. Thank you for the link.
Several years back I ran into the collected works of Poe at a university book store (NAU. Flagstaff Arizona). I already had the collected works, but this one was different. It was arranged in chronological order, by the earlyest date of the original published manuscript (not later revisions). I was happy to see that two of my favorites (I have many) were his last - "Annabell Lee" (October 1849), and "The Bells" (November, 1849).
If you are interested, the book title is:
"The Unabridged Edgar Allan Poe"
Tam Mossman wrote the introduction.
The book may be obtained directly from the publishers at:
123 South Twenty Second Street
Philadelphia Pennsylvania 19103-4399
The cover page also lists Running Press as in both Philadelphia and London
I'm glad you liked the info. Good luck trying to get the book. I must mention that I bought this book sometime around 2007. It should still be available, but it appears to be an educational text book, and you know those things get changed - "Publish or perish!"
I've heard several people bemoaning the merkin-ness of the Halloween and how we don't do it in Britain. I'm certain we were howking out turnips/neeps/swedes (the yellow ones - delete as applicable) when we were bairns, and I certainly remember trick-or-treating in the 70s as a wee'un.
I doubt the USians suddenly started doing the Halloween thing, especially as the English that settled there in the first instance were puritan & definitely against it. The most likely places to have exported this are subsequent settlers from Scotland/Ireland, so does anyone know if Halloween customs were more anciently established than in England?
We never went trick-or-treating but we did make turnip lanterns (with a string handle that also went through holes in the lid to keep it on), and I also remember dooking for apples (basin of water, apples floating in it, grab one with your mouth!).
The closest to trick-or-treating I remember other kids doing was "Penny for the Guy" - hauling a Guy around in a cartie or something and asking for money (for fireworks), thus effectively blurring the line between Halloween and Guy Fawkes night.
The turnip lantern was also kept until Guy Fawkes when it was used to light sparklers.
Just had my parents round, here for my son's first "dookie apple". They spoke about making the lanterns, dressing up and going round people's houses, that was in the 50s. So it's been around here for at least that long.