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Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Goreyby Karen Wilkin
The late Edward Gorey is famous for his illustrations, absurdist stories, ballet fixation, and cats. But Ascending Peculiarity, a wonderful collection of interviews spanning twenty-five years, illuminates Mr. Gorey in a most splendid way. Although his illustrations often have an arch, Victorian tone, Gorey confesses to many lowbrow pleasures, such as being a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is wonderful reading.
Synopses & Reviews
Edward Gorey's extraordinary and disconcerting books are avidly sought and treasured throughout the world, but until now little has been known about the man himself. While he was notoriously protective of his privacy, Gorey did grant dozens of interviews over the course of his life. And as these conversations demonstrate, he proved to be unfailingly charming, gracious, and fascinating.
Here is Gorey in his own words, ruminating on everything from French symbolist poetry to soap operas, from George Balanchine and the unique beauty of ballet to Victorian photographs of dead children. We meet the artist in his ramshackle, book-lined studio in Manhattan and his equally bizarre house on Cape Cod. He describes his legendary upbringing and vast range of influences, as well as how he managed to work amid all his cats. Ascending Peculiarity is a rare and wonderful entree into the inner workings of an artistic genius.
Includes reproductions of previously unpublished drawings and photographs
Book News Annotation:
The 21 interviews were conducted between 1973 and 1999 by a variety of people for a variety of publications. They provide autobiographical perspectives on writer and illustrator Gorey (1925-2000). Drawings by him are scattered throughout.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Born in Chicago, Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was one of the most renowned artists and writers of our time.
Karen Wilkin is a curator, art critic, and co-author of the acclaimed The World of Edward Gorey.
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