This praiseworthy 2001 hardback Gramercy reprint of the original 1912 Edwardian edition is out of print. Our edition includes the original dust cover.We've seen it priced as high as $70.00 from specialized and antiquarian booksellers.
There are 39 outstanding illustrations, including 29 in full color by Edmund Dulac, a French attorney and illustrator who studied at the famed École de Beaux-Artes in Paris. There are full color paintings and black and white woodcuts.
Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as a master of the modern Gothic horror tale. His poetry, too, is macabre. The themes of love, death and despair reflect his own tormented life. We are all most familiar with his haunting The Raven
; the hypnotic and funereal The Bells; the tormented Annabel Lee (a poem to his young wife who died of tuberculosis. These and others reflect Poe's emotion turmoil, yet his poetry remains among the most popular in the English language.
The mysterious, brooding vision of Edgar Allan Poe's poetry is beautifully matched by the illustrations of Edmund Dulac. Only Poe could have written with a mixture of such romantic imagination and such horror. And only Edmund Dulac would have create images so romantic and melancholy, yet so dark. It would be difficult to find a better interpreter of Poe's magic.
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
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It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other though
Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child, and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love which was more than love -
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me....