Happy Birthday, Poe!
“The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult I vowed revenge.”
Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado”
Celebrating Poe’s birth in 1809 today!
My copy of his collected works still sits in the mountain of books my Dad was supposed to bring me in 2020, but all of his planned visits in 2020 were cancelled, forcing me online to get my Poe-fix. That sent me down a rabbit hole: I came across this amazing illustration by Harry Clarke that was used in Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, 1919.
The gothic and macabre images created during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements are my favorites. I’m now drooling over several original books with Clarke’s illustrations on a rare book website.
All of this because I didn’t have my Poe book at home! I truly love the internet. Check out more of Clarke’s work here: https://www.wikiart.org/en/harry-clarke
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