The Raven (Le Corbeau)
Publisher: Walker and Company in association with The Department of Printing and Graphic Arts Harvard College Library
Place: New York
x+19 unpaginated pages with illustrations by Edouard Manet. Quarto (11 1/4" x 7 3/4") bound in original publisher's beige boards with black lettering to spine and black pictorial raven to cover in original pictorial jacket. Parallel French/English translation by Stephane Mallarme. Facsimile reprinting of the edition published in Paris in 1875. Limited edition of 1000 copies of which this is number 953.
(original title: Le Corbeau (The Raven) is a narrative poem by the American writer Edgar Allan Poe, one of the poet's most powerful lyrics, establishing his reputation in his country and in England . It appears for the first time the January 29, 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror. With a great musicality and an unreal atmosphere, obeying a strict metric, the poem tells the story of a mysterious visit that the narrator receives, who laments the death of his love, Lenore. A raven perched on the top of his door tirelessly repeats "Never again". The repetition of these words plunges the narrator into a state of disarray so strong that he sinks into madness. The poem uses a large number of classical and folk references. Poe says he wrote this poem in a very logical and methodical way, as he explains in his essay The Philosophy of Composition, published in 1846. His intention was both to seduce the critics and satisfy popular demand. The poem is inspired in part by Charles Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge, in which a talking raven intervenes. Poe borrows the rhythm and complex metrics of Elizabeth Barrett Browning 's poem entitled Lady Geraldine' s Court (Lady Geraldine 's Courtship). The poem uses internal rhymes, as well as many alliterations. The poem is the subject of several translations into French, the first of which dates from 1853.
A near fine copy in like jacket.
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