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Professional artists and illustrators began visualizing Poe's canon throughout the nineteenth century. In particular, "The Raven" was accorded special attention, most notably in the 1880s by Édouard Manet and Gustave Doré, inspired by French translations of Poe's work made by Baudelaire and the Symbolist poets. This essay takes up the visual work that followed Manet and Doré, focusing on the "Edwardian" period (1901-10) of the twentieth century and why Modernist artists were attracted to Poe. It features images virtually unknown to the majority of Poe's current readers and scholars alike. In addition to introducing these various illustrators, the essay also provides a close explication of representative work from their oeuvres and their corresponding place in the rich and underappreciated history of early Poe book illustrations.