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  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Calla Editions
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Calla Editions (September 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606600044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606600047
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a very fine production.
Charles Stembridge
The book is in hardcover with black cloth binding, and the quality of paper is of fine, and heavy stock.
Z Hayes
All Edgar Allen Poe fans are familiar with the stories contained in this magnificent edition.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Charles Stembridge on December 16, 2008
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I have been keeping an eye out for this book since I first saw it in my High School Library in the early '60s. What was memorable were the surreal illustrations, and were the best effort I had ever seen in capturing the mood of Poe's stories. This book is a very fine production. It is a black cloth hardback, and the pages are oversized and heavy bond paper slightly yellow off-white color. Most of the illustrations are black and white pen & ink, with a few in color. All of the illustrations are single page, that is the other side of the page is blank; a mark of high quality. This is the definate 'Must Have' edition for anyone interested in Poe's works. I would also rate this book as a 'Best Buy', given the price to quality ratio.

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'Tales of Mystery and Imagination', first published by Calla Editions in 2008, is an unabridged republication of the edition originally published by Tudor Publishing Co., New York, in 1933.

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The works of Edgar Allan Poe, in the rarefied company of Thoreau, Hawthorne, Twain, and Melville, represent the full flowering of American literature in the nineteenth century. By itself, this edition would be an outstanding collection of 29 tales of mystery, suspense, and the macabre; but what sets this volume apart are the magnificent illustrations of Harry Clarke. Many artists have attempted to illustrate Poe, though it is no easy feat to match graphically the powerful effect of Poe's words on the reader. Harry Clarke's ambitious attempt is widely regarded as a resounding triumph. While his color-plate work here is excellent, it is Clarke's fine-line full-page Pen & ink drawings that superbly bring to life the intense phychological dramas so central to Poe's storytelling. These richly atmospheric and densely textured creations make this the definitive illustrated edition of an undisputed giant of the American literary canon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Poe is one of my favorite authors of the macabre, and I have various editions of his works, especially the "collected" works editions. This particular edition by Calla is quite a treasure, containing 29 of Poe's tales. The quality of the book is impressive, especially at the reasonable price offered here (even at retail it would still be a bargain in my opinion). The book is in hardcover with black cloth binding, and the quality of paper is of fine, and heavy stock. Some of the illustrations are in color, but most are pen and ink drawings in B&W. The stories contained within this book are complete and unabridged. The main highlight of this book are the intricate illustrations by Harry Clarke which vividly capture the emotions and Gothic horror of Poe's stories, an extraordinary feat indeed. This is a handsome edition of Poe's stories, and makes a perfect gift for Poe fans and avid collectors. I for one look forward to hours of pleasure spent browsing through the magnificent illustrations and re-reading these wonderful, insightful stories of mystery and the macabre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dubliner on January 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As Harry Clarke's granddaughter, I grew up with the original edition of this book in my house in Ireland. A fascinating and wonderful adventure for a child! My father has since donated the book to the National Gallery of Ireland. (Not many know that Harry Clarke was Irish and was also one of the finest stained glass artists to have ever lived. He died young in 1931.) This book does Mr. Poe and Mr. Clarke great justice. Many have tried to reproduce their work but none have succeeded as well as Calla. Well done!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Toad on October 4, 2009
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Truly beautiful on every level. I am a book collector and illustrator. I love books. This edition was everything I'd hoped it would be. The art is inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By blue-59 on February 7, 2011
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In 1936, my father's great-aunt took him to a bookstore on his tenth birthday and told him he could have any book he wanted. He picked "Tales of Mystery and Imagination," and it's lucky his great-aunt was wealthy: five dollars was a lot of money back then.

Seventy-five years later, we were still reading from that book, but it had become the worse for wear, so I checked Amazon to see how many hundreds of dollars I'd have to lay out for a replacement. When I saw the low price for the Calla edition, I assumed it must be a cheap knockoff (or have poor illustrations, or some other negative), but the reviews were good, so I took a gamble. Am I glad I did!

The print of the Calla edition is every bit as good as that of the 1936 edition, though the pages are not quite as heavy duty (they're still quite good, though). The illustrations in the 1936 edition were printed separately and attached to the pages with glue; in the Calla edition, they are printed on the page. (Still, as another reviewer points out, there's no print on the reverse.) The colors are a little more varied and a bit bolder than in the old edition; maybe Calla worked from originals that had yellowed or faded a bit, as the brighter reds and blues are noticeably weaker, and everything is tilted a bit (in comparison) toward yellow-green. I am pleasantly surprised, however, that the detail in the Calla editions is at least as good and perhaps slightly better. Also, the blacks in the old version are darker.

I'd have paid five times the price for this treasure. I'm sure that the modern Calla edition will someday be an heirloom.
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