The poetry and tales of Edgar Allan Poe present a body of work uniquely ripe for interdisciplinary analysis, particularly since his idea about unity of conception involves literary and visual aspects. The present study examines the pictorial dimension of Poe's tales, analyzing the art references that we can trace in some of his works. These written paintings become extraordinary sources of inspiration for innumerable artists who illustrate the images described in these texts; Poe's bizarre capacity to explore an astonishing visual richness—the beautiful, the grotesque, the macabre, the sublime, the picturesque—makes this task challenging. This article focuses on how the illustrator Fernando Xumetra approached Poe's works in the first illustrated Spanish edition (1887).

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