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Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Rare, Arresting Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories by the Irish Stained Glass and Book Artist Harry Clarke
Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Rare, Arresting Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Short Stories by the Irish Stained Glass and Book Artist Harry Clarke

“And the man trembled in the solitude…”

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The Poetic Principle: Poe on Truth, Love, Reason, and the Human Impulse for Beauty
The Poetic Principle: Poe on Truth, Love, Reason, and the Human Impulse for Beauty

“A poem deserves its title only inasmuch as it excites, by elevating the soul. The value of the poem is in the ratio of this elevating excitement.”

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The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti
The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti

A graphic novel “meant to be heard in the mind.”

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Edgar Allan Poe on the Joy of Marginalia and What Handwriting Reveals about Character
Edgar Allan Poe on the Joy of Marginalia and What Handwriting Reveals about Character

“In the marginalia … we talk only to ourselves; we therefore talk freshly — boldly — originally — with abandonment — without conceit.”

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Harry Clarke’s Haunting 1919 Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories
Harry Clarke’s Haunting 1919 Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s Stories

Artful Edwardian-era erotica at the intersection of the whimsical and the macabre.

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Gustave Doré’s Hauntingly Beautiful 1883 Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”
Gustave Doré’s Hauntingly Beautiful 1883 Illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”

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French Artist Benjamin Lacombe’s Haunting Illustrations for Poe’s Tales of the Macabre
French Artist Benjamin Lacombe’s Haunting Illustrations for Poe’s Tales of the Macabre

“Either the memory of past bliss is the anguish of to-day, or the agonies which are, have their origin in the ecstasies which might have been.”

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The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers
The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Color-coded muses, rotten apples, self-imposed house arrest, and other creative techniques at the intersection of the superstitious and the pragmatic.

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Modern Masterpieces of Comedic Genius: The Art of the Humorous Amazon Review
Modern Masterpieces of Comedic Genius: The Art of the Humorous Amazon Review

“Momma didn’t raise a boy with no pink tongue, no sir.”

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A Glorious Enterprise: The Making of American Science
A Glorious Enterprise: The Making of American Science

Rare glimpses of strange specimens and obscure images, laced with tales of scientific rivalry and boundless inspiration, with cameos by Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.

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