It's a Gorey, Gorey World
News & Events of the World Gorey Left Behind
The Wadsworth Atheneum museum in Hartford, Connecticut opens an exhibition of Edward Gorey's personal art collection. Gorey bequeathed his collection to the Wadsworth, whose devotion to ballet's George Balanchine paralleled his own. The exhibition runs from Feb 10 thru May 6. [Download press release]
Gorey Spooks Congress
Items from the Goreyography collection joined other American Halloween folklore in an interactive pop-up [read short-term] exhibition in the Library of Congress.
Gorey Now Has Roots in Japan
Elegant Enigmas, our favorite original-art show continues its 2nd multi-city tour in Japan. Stops in Yokkaichi (Apr 15 to June 4), Utsunomiya (Oct 8 to Nov 26), Iwami (Dec 2 to Feb 5, 2018) and Fukui (Feb 17 to Apr 8). Will Gorey continue to enchant overseas? What's next, China? Let's hope so.
Visit the special MOE publications and announcements page on Edward Gorey (in Japanese only).
Swann Galleries auctioned fifteen original works by Gorey on Dec 14. The six lots, 43 thru 48, contained art from The New York Times and John Ciardi's The Monster Den (1966).
With only 526 copies to its name since 1981, a first edition Mélange Funeste was a minor investment. But now, from Pomegranate, for the masses!
What's Your Favorite Cover?
A worthy question. To facilitate a worthy answer, Pomegranate has Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design. Visit Amazon or peek at Pomegranate's sample pages, then read our review.
Just in Time for [next] Summer
Chris Seufert announces a completion timeframe for the documentary 'Gorey' film project.
Dogear Rides Again Pomegranate re-publishes the postcard compendium Betrayed Confidence with a hardcover and three additions: Q.R.V.s Unwmkd. Imperf. and Hikuptah, hand-painted Interpretive Series, and National Post Card Week announcements. Add a detailed backgrounder by Edward Bradford, and you have practically a whole new book. Visit Pomegranate, or read our review.
Still Our Favorite World Four years after it's release, this intimate journal of discovery continues to surprise. Reviews for Floating Worlds from Atlantic Monthly and The Wall Street Journal, the latter by Karen Wilkin. Publishers Weekly placed FW in their Top 10 Literary Essays & Criticism shortlist for Fall 2011. Read our review of Floating Worlds
NPR's Gashlycrumb Tinies:
Music to the Ears
NPR's All Things Considered co-hosts Linda Wertheimer and Noah Adams lovingly recite The Gashlycrumb Tinies from NPR's Edward Gorey obituary page on April 17,2000. A nice interview with Andreas Brown included, in Real Media format.
PBS & WGBH presents Mystery! The official PBS Mystery! site [now archived], with a 1996 Gorey interview by Ron Miller. Derek Lamb writes about Gorey's collaboration for the legendary Mystery! animations. And finally a tribute by Animation World magazine to Derek Lamb [1936-2005] which mentions the animation collaboration.
Housing the largest Gorey collection in Japan, the two Wonderful World of Edward Gorey websites are the creations of Toshinobu Hamanaka. The book by the same name, edited by Mr. Hamanaka, and published by Kawade Shobo in 2002, is a beautiful volume. In Japanese.
Read more on Edward Gorey in Japan in our East Wing
What the Doubtful Guest does on stage is everybodys business in Hoipolloi & Theatre Royal Plymouth's production, which ran March 13 thru April 12, 2008. From London, the company toured Liverpool, Ipswitch, then Newcastle. The show was met with enthusiasm from both The Times and The Guardian -- "...a piece of visual theatre that captures all the Victorian pastiche, fantastical imagination and ominous air of Gorey's original." - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian.
Hoipolloi Artistic Director Shôn Dale-Jones discovered 'Doubtful' while touring the US in 2005. "I went into a children’s bookstore to look for one of Edward Lear's titles, but couldn’t find one. The clerk asked if he was the guy Edward Gorey did some illustrations for. She handed me a collection of Gorey’s books – including Lear’s The Jumblies. Before I knew it I had looked through the whole book and was asking the shop attendant for more Edward Gorey...by the time I left the USA later that month I’d bought every title I could find in every bookstore I walked into. On the plane journey home I kept returning to The Doubtful Guest and got hooked on the world of this illustrated story."
Visit Hoipolloi's blog for some snapshots of this memorable production.
The Edward Gorey House
Gorey's residence in Yarmouth Port is now a museum. It's mission: "The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey...[and] honors Gorey's passion and concern for animals, raising awareness about local and national animal welfare issues." Gorey's favorite yellow sweater, greatcoat and tennies are on view as well.
Minneapolis's own Irwin Terry hosts the Goreyana blog, diligently posting interesting Gorey artwork from his collection, with excellent photos. Talk amongst yourselves!
Antiquariat Bücherwelten provides unparalled access to translated editions, brought to you by Jonas Plöger. Located in Germany. In English and German.
Gorey Serif Font
TrueType font based on the distinctive hand lettering from many of Gorey's books. From Damian Hess, it's quite a delicious, no-cost treat.
OgdredWeary by nonDairy Fonts. Complete your collection of Edward Gorey fonts with another no-cost TrueType or MacFont font, inspired by Gorey's The Curious Sofa.
Funeral Consumers Alliance
"First you're born, you live a little, and then you die..." To that end, the FCA is here to help, with Gorey's Osbick Bird gracing a handy end-of-life planning kit. Available in spiral bound or PDF download by state. Embrace the inevitable.
Edward Gorey Bibliography
A comprehensive bibliography of Gorey's works.
ELEPHANT HOUSE: or, The Home of Edward Gorey
Photographs and text by Kevin McDermott, sheds new light on Mr. Gorey through his residence, now museum, (a.k.a. 'The Elephant House') in Yarmouth Port. Fifteen etchings and lithos are reproduced. Introduction by John Updike. Published by Pomegranate, Elephant House is in it's 2nd printing.
Goreyography talks to Kevin about the making of Elephant House. Finally, read our review of Elephant House.
Visit McDermott's Lost Gotham, an evocative journey back to both the Gotham Book Marts before it finally closed in 2006.
Gorey Documentary Coming!
Five years in the shooting, film maker Christopher Seufert of Mooncusser Productions has produced several award-winning films, and with Kickstarter funding, is working to complete his most challenging project. Visit Seufert's Facebook page to read the latest updates about this most fascinating project.
A voyeuristic view of Gorey's studio as it stood in Yarmouth Port before it was tidied up after his death in 2000. Viewer plugin required and may take some time to load. Worth the wait.
Drawn to Illustration
The prestigious Society of Illustrators in NYC recognizes Edward Gorey for his 'distinguished achievements in the art of illustration' as an inductee into its 2012 Hall of Fame, joining the likes of N.C. Wyeth (1974), Ludwig Bemelmens (2012), Maxfield Parrish and Howard Pyle (1975), and Charles Schulz (2013).
Doubtful Guest film 'In development hell'
The original treatment: "A charming mischievous creature shows up at a family-owned bed & breakfast, and turns the funny family's life upside down." The concept, first announced 2007 by Jim Hensen Company, will hopefully make it to the projection room. It's a lovely idea, after all.
See how Siobhan Magnus, is always an EGH star! Paint it Black Siobhan!