The Illustrated History of Edgar Allan Poe contains 82 illustrations from notable artists such as Gustave Doré, Harry Clarke, Byam Shaw, Édouard Manet, and Aubrey Beardley. The book also contains 204 marginal notes—many of them are Poe’s epigrams, representing the best thoughts from Poe’s literature. This book also enables the reader to discover the following ideas on Edgar Allan Poe: his philosophy in Eureka (including the Big Bang Theory); his principles on the art of writing; his invention of science fiction, detective fiction, and psychological horror stories; his ideas on the meaning and function of poetry; and his ideas on religion, literary criticism, and the media.
Paul J. Macek teaches history and English at St. Peter-Marian High School in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for publishing and typographic houses. In 2000, he published Early History of Webster, Dudley, and Oxford, a book representing the first recorded history of Webster and Dudley. In 2009, he published Webster, Dudley, and Oxford During the Nineteenth Century.