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"One Thing Needful"

is a poem by Bram Stoker. It was first published in the US in the December 10, 1885 issue of The Youth's Companion, Perry Mason & Co., Publishers, Boston, MA.

Newspaper publication

After its appearance in the The Youth's Companion, "One Thing Needful" was reprinted in at least five newspapers across the US. It appeared as follows:
  • The Morning News, Wilmington, DE, Dec 15, 1885
  • The Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX, Dec 20, 1885
  • Montgomery Weekly Advertiser, Montgomery, AL, Dec 22, 1885
  • News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, Jan 3, 1886
  • Watertown Republican, Watertown, WI, Jan 6, 1886
  • Book publication
    "One Thing Needful" first appeared in book form in the UK in November 1902 in A Volunteer Haversack: Containing Contributions of Certain Writers to the Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade: The Royal Scots. Although the publisher is not listed, the publication page of this book states that it was Printed for the Brigade, Edinburgh. In 1905 it appeared in The Queen's Christmas Carol, Daily Mail, London, under the title "The One Thing Needful."

    First edition book cover

    A Volunteer Haversack UK Book Cover

    Printed for the Brigade, Edinburgh, 1902

    Other first edition covers


    This poem is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (The Youth's Companion)
  • Free PDF download (A Volunteer Haversack)
  • Free PDF download (The Queen's Christmas Carol)
  • Newspaper image

    The Youth's Companion, December 10, 1885

    The Youth's Companion, Boston, December 10, 1885


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