The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe 

This edition of “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe was designed by Alan James Robinson and Arthur Larson, printed in 1984. The text is from the 1845 Wiley-Putnam edition of the short story. This fine press book is number 48 of an edition of 250. See more Poe works in our 19th Century American Studies Collection, including this one.

In 1995, PBS did a wonderful 55-minute documentary on the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe as a part of its “American Masters” series, called “Terror of the Soul.” Along with presenting an authoritative biography of Poe’s life, it dramatizes several of his most famous works, including “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado” with actors Rene Auberjonois as Fortunado and John Heard as Montresor. One of our HCL staffers, a Poe enthusiast, said it’s the finest dramatization she has ever seen.