pen and ink
Oh….the subtitle to this piece was “Mr Poe Prepares himself for his LATEST critical re-assessment”.
This was an illustration which accompanied yet ANOTHER “critical re-assessment” of Poe (I can’t recall if this book was “feminist” or “gender-theory”, or post-structuralist or who-knows-what-the-hell-skool-of-criticism……it certainly smelled of an over-inflated dissertation from someone desperately seeking tenure).
In any case…poor Mr. Poe.
I recall thinking at the time that I was glad the book itself got a deservedly unfavorable review. It might have been the first time I got to draw what I was already thinking (and, yes, to answer the perennial question….I DID actually read the books before I illustrated their reviews).