Synopses & Reviews
A vivid self-portrait in words of one of the great American
artists of the twentieth century. Designed to appeal to Gorey lovers as well as
those seeking an introduction to his work, Ascending Peculiarity includes reproductions of previously unpublished drawings and photographs. Edited by Karen Wilkin.
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 the conversations collected in this book 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. We listen as he describes his legendary upbringing and vast range of influences, as well as how he managed to work amid all his cats.
PRAISE FOR EDWARD GOREY
"A man of enormous erudition . . . an artist and writer of genius."
--Stephen Schiff, The New Yorker
"Edward Gorey's work is remarkable and mysterious. I find it fascinating."
"An American original . . . One of this century's foremost eccentric geniuses."
PRAISE FOR ASCENDING PECULIARITY
"The work of art that was the man is no longer with us, but we still, thank the Insect God, to whom the especially hapless Millicent Frastley was sacrificed, have his lovely and disturbing little books."--The New York Times Book Review
"Invaluable to Gorey-ites." --The New York Review of Books
"A marvelously entertaining volume . . . I came down on these pages like a wolf on the flock, and devoured them in an afternoon."--The Washington Post Book World
About the Author
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Headless Bust. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.