Tales of Mystery and Imagination

author : Edgar Allan Poe
illustrations by Harry Clarke

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Poe’s stories are strange, wild and highly imaginative. Many of them examine in an extremely detailed way the dark side of human existence. 

  1. The Gold Bug
  2. MS. Found in a bottle
  3. A Descent into the Maelström
  4. The Fall of the House of Usher
  5. William Wilson
  6. The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  7. The mystery of the Marie Roget
  8. The Pit and the Pendulum
  9. The Tell-Tale Heart
  10. A tale of the ragged mountains
  11. the premature burial
  12. The system of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether
  13. The Cask of Amontillado

First published in 1839 under the title Tales of Mystery, Imagination and Humor, but it did not contain all the today known stories because some of them, like “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and “A Descent into the Maelstrom” were written later. The title Tales of Mystery and Imagination was first used by The World’s Classics, published by Grant Richard in London, 1902.
The book has been published by several houses across the world for more than a 100 years, but one of the most distinct editions was a wonderful black&white illustrated edition,published by George G. Harrap and Co, in 1919. A second one followed in 1923, enriched with 24 more halftone images and eight colour plates. The artist responsible for the illustrations was Harry Clarke, whose work can be compared to that of Aubrey Beardsley, Kay Nielsen, and Edmund Dulac.

The Man of the Crowd

  The Cask of Amontillado


  Manuscript Found in a Bottle

  The Pit and the Pendulum

  The Tell-Tale Heart

  The Cask of Amontillado

  The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

  The dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet


    A Tale of the Ragged Mountains


  Murders in the Rue Morgue

  The Fall of the House of Usher

  The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

  The pit






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