Delightfully Macabre, Vintage Edgar Allan Poe Book Covers


On this day in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic masterpiece “The Raven” was published by the New York Evening Mirror, which helped catapult the macabre writer to fame. The magazine’s editor said the narrative poem was “unsurpassed in English poetry for subtle conception, masterly ingenuity of versification, and consistent, sustaining of imaginative lift . . . It will stick to the memory of everybody who reads it.” Since then, “The Raven” has been a profound influence on countless artists. Legendary illustrators, including John Tenniel and Gustave Doré, are just a few who have paid homage to the supernatural work. We’re remembering “The Raven” by looking back at a few gorgeous, vintage Poe book covers. Admire them in our gallery.