Paperblanks’ Embellished Manuscripts Collection is a series of journals that portray the work of some of the greatest writers, thinkers and artists of all time. The Poe, Tamerlane journal, examined in the video above, is one of the best-selling designs from the collection; it features a cover that reproduces an excerpt from one of Edgar Allen Poe’s original manuscripts.

Poe: The Darkest and Most Gothic of American Writers

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) is widely considered the darkest and most gothic of American pioneers as he explored and settled entirely new literary landscapes, including the short story and science fiction, as well as the detective story.

Poe’s personal life was characterized by tumult and passion. He was orphaned at a young age and his fortunes plunged and soared over the course of his career. The cause of his death remains mystery but his reputation continues to grow. His dark romanticism and fascination with the themes of violence and death and the macabre have combined with his fearless innovation as a writer and critic to make him one of the most revered prose and poetry writers in the world.

The Journal Design

The journal cover of the Poe, Tamerlane book portrays a fragment from the manuscript of Poe’s first published work, Tamerlane and Other Poems. The 40-page book was originally published in 1827 and was made up of poems largely inspired by Lord Byron. It’s significance is that it “gave a young Poe the confidence to continue writing” and, as scholar Henry Lee Poe put it, acted as a “trumpet blast announcing that a new poet had stepped upon the stage.

This design is available in Ultra and Mini formats.

All About Paperblanks’ Embellished Manuscripts Collection

Our’ Embellished Manuscripts Collection, more than any other Paperblanks collections,reveals the progression and mastery we’ve achieved in print press production. To read more about how the collection has evolved, how we choose the artists, and what we feel the collection represents, check out our recent article Paperblanks Stories: All About Our Embellished Manuscripts Collection.

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  1. Hi, my name is Hannah and I am from Otis-Bison. I am doing a school project on Edgar Allan Poe and I was wondering if I could please use your pictures of him. Thank you for your time!

  2. Hi,
    I was wondering if there will be Poe diary or journal in 2017? I have been using Paperblanks books for diary since 2013 but I never liked any of them as much as I did when the Poe collection came out. I keep checking webstores and all because I am very hopeful… Please let me know if it will be ever available so I can stock upon it. 🙂

    • Hi Anita,

      We love the purple background of the Poe journals, too 🙂

      We do have a 2017 Poe Diary planned, but it won’t be available in all markets. If you would like to email us at and let us know where you’re writing us from, we can tell you if/when it will be available. Otherwise, our Poe, Tamerlane journals are still growing strong and we will continue to offer it in the Ultra format.

      All the best!
      The Paperblanks Team

  3. Hello!
    I was really excited to see that there was a notebook collection for Edgar Allan Poe and was wondering if these would be made and sold again anytime soon.


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