Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination  (1935) 
by Edgar Allan Poe

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TALES OF
MYSTERY AND
IMAGINATION

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Illustrated by
ARTHUR RACKHAM


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It grew louder—louder—louder! And still the men chatted
pleasantly, and smiled.
[See page 21]

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Tales of
Mystery &
Imagination

By Edgar Allan Poe

Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

London
George•G.•Harrap
•&•Co Ltd

First published 1935
by George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd.
182 High Holborn, London, W.C.

Copyright. All rights reserved.


Made in Great Britain. Text and black-and-white illustrations printed by Western Printing Services,
Ltd., Bristol; colour plates by McLagan and Cumming, Edinburgh

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ILLUSTRATIONS


IN COLOUR

page
It grew louder— louder—louder! And still the men chatted
pleasantly, and smiled
(page 21) Frontispiece
The wall was now nearly upon a level with my breast. Unsheathing my rapier, I began to grope with it about the recess 40
Tripetta advanced to the monarch’s seat, and, falling on her knees before him, implored him to spare her friend 54
The victorious Legs rushed out with her into the street, followed by the redoubtable Hugh Tarpaulin 82
At length for my seared and writhing body there was no longer an inch of foothold on the firm floor of the prison 94
The Masqueraders 98
I at length found myself within view of the melancholy House of Usher 112
“He turned suddenly to regard his beloved:—She was dead! 128
She came and departed as a shadow 162
About this valley roamed I with Eleonora 174
Their grey hairs streamed terribly in the tempest 192
The young Metzengerstein seemed riveted to the saddle of that colossal horse 226


IN LINE

1. I walked vigorously—faster—still faster—at length I ran 14
2. A Descent into the Maelstrom 34
3. “I drink,” he said, “to the buried that repose around us.” “And I to your long life” 38
4. In their sad and solemn slumbers with the worm 40
5. In less than half a minute the whole eight were blazing fiercely 56
6. The eight corpses swung in their chains, a fetid, blackened, hideous, and indistinguishable mass 60
7. A thousand flambeaux flashing from the Ducal Palace turned all at once that deep gloom into a livid and preternatural day 64
8. The sentence—the dread sentence of death—was the last of distinct accentuation which reached my ears 84
9. Down—still unceasingly—still inevitably down! I gasped and struggled at each vibration. I shrunk convulsively at its every sweep 92
10. There was a sharp cry—and the dagger dropped gleaming upon the sable carpet, upon which, instantly afterward, fell prostrate in death the Prince Prospero 100
11. He may have thought it expedient to remove all participants in his secret 158
12. “These are the full, and the black, and the wild eyes—of my lost love—of the lady—of the Lady Ligeia 170
13. With a velocity like the headlong dashing of a cataract 196
14. You have conquered, and I yield. Yet henceforward art thou also dead—dead to the World, to Heaven, and to hope! 214
15. The distinct colossal figure of—a horse 230
16. Eight or ten of the neighbours entered, accompanied by two gendarmes 238
17. The sight of blood inflamed its anger into frenzy 258

TALES OF
MYSTERY AND
IMAGINATION

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