Harry Clarke, Illustrations for E. A. Poe

A friend gave me her parents' copy of this 1923 rarity to scan: Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Poe, illustrated by Harry Clarke (Ireland, 1889 - 1931). She remembers being fascinated and haunted by details like the killer's toes from The Tell-Tale Heart.

Also, don't miss this cartoon on YouTube: 'The Tell-Tale Heart is a wonderful animated short film of 1953 based on Edgar Allan Poe short-story. The story told by a mad man has a dark visual with a perfect work of narration by James Mason. It is a UPA Production and was the first cartoon to be X-rated (adults only) in Great Britain under the British Board of Film Censors classification system.'

I should thank here Cary Loren and Gilbert Alter-Gilbert, who earlier this year turned me on to Harry Clarke, independently, within minutes of each other.

I have not seen the 2008 Calla edition (Calla seems to be a division of Dover, marketing to bibliophiles), but it includes all 8 color images and the 24 large monotone images, so I would say buy it before it's gone.

Here are the 24 black and white images.

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