This is one of my personal favorite books in the SC&A here at Goucher. It is a 1936 edition of Edgar Alan Poe’s collected short stories; Tales of Mystery and Imagination. One of the things that makes this edition special are the beautiful, and haunting illustrations by Harry Clarke (1889-1931). Clarke is considered to be the leader in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement of the 20th century, while Poe (1809-1849) is widely considered to be one of the most prolific American authors of the 19th century. This particular edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination is one of the most successful unions of text and image in a book, combining the grotesque with the erotic, in a profoundly ornate fashion.