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The short story "The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherezade" by Edgar Allan Poe details a great many wonders of the more modern world being described by Scheherezade to her husband, in terms familiar to them, in such a way that they would have sounded preposterous to people of their time.

In my edition of the Collected Works of Poe, this story comes with multiple footnotes to specify the exact nature as we know it of each wonder that Scheherezade describes. Footnotes are also included in, for example, this online version.

Are the footnotes part of Poe's original text of the story, identical since its first publication? Or were they added later by an editor seeking to make the story more easily understandable?

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    If any of the references mentioned in the footnotes postdate the publication of the story, that would be evidence for the "added later" theory. A spot check did not find any such instances. The style of the notes seems Poe-like to me. At any rate one could easily settle the matter by looking at a copy of the Feb 1845 issue of Godey's Lady's Book. – kimchi lover Oct 19 '17 at 1:57
  • @kimchilover Yeah, I think they're probably Poe's own footnotes, but it's hard to tell since he often roleplays as the editor of his own stories. Any idea where one might find a copy of that original 1845 issue? – Rand al'Thor Oct 19 '17 at 10:43
  • Large university library. Worldcat seems to say many in the US (at least) have microfilm copies. – kimchi lover Oct 19 '17 at 11:03

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