Harry Clarke’s reputation as an illustrator was made by his striking black and white etchings from a 1919 edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe. His style, while arresting, was very much in the Art Nouveau-esque vein of the day for book illustration. For Clarke, book illustration largely paid the bills, his real passion was stained glass, at which he excelled.
After the initial success of the first edition, a second one with additional color plates from Clarke was published in 1923. This book is prized by book collectors; a beautiful reproduction is available currently from Amazon books.Edgar Allan Poe, Harry Clarke, Tales of Mystery and Imagination