Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey Mark Dery

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

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Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
Author
Mark Dery
ISBN
9780316188548
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense. From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known -- in the late 1940s, no less -- to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes -- but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose? He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious. Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to Be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.Binding Type: HardcoverAuthor: Mark DeryPublisher: Little Brown and CompanyPublished: 11/06/2018ISBN: 9780316188548Pages: 512Weight: 1.74lbsSize: 9.50h x 6.30w x 1.50dReview Citations: Library Journal 11/01/2018 pg. 68Library Journal Prepub Alert 06/15/2018 pg. 56Booklist 10/15/2018 pg. 15Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2018Publishers Weekly 10/01/2018Shelf Awareness 11/30/2018
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.

But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known -- in the late 1940s, no less -- to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes -- but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose?

He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.

Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to Be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Mark Dery
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published: 11/06/2018
ISBN: 9780316188548
Pages: 512
Weight: 1.74lbs
Size: 9.50h x 6.30w x 1.50d

Review Citations: Library Journal 11/01/2018 pg. 68
Library Journal Prepub Alert 06/15/2018 pg. 56
Booklist 10/15/2018 pg. 15
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2018
Publishers Weekly 10/01/2018
Shelf Awareness 11/30/2018
The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.

But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known -- in the late 1940s, no less -- to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes -- but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose?

He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.

Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to Be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

Binding Type: Hardcover
Author: Mark Dery
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published: 11/06/2018
ISBN: 9780316188548
Pages: 512
Weight: 1.74lbs
Size: 9.50h x 6.30w x 1.50d

Review Citations: Library Journal 11/01/2018 pg. 68
Library Journal Prepub Alert 06/15/2018 pg. 56
Booklist 10/15/2018 pg. 15
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2018
Publishers Weekly 10/01/2018
Shelf Awareness 11/30/2018