Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Edward St. John Gorey, a true original

I found the item at left in one of my usual used book haunts and was overjoyed by the contents, as well as by the fact that the cover illustration was executed by none other than the inimitable Edward Gorey (1925–2000).
The master of the droll, mordant, and macabre has been featured in book news lately because of Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer. These sample envelopes show what corresponding with a friend and collaborator possessing such a quirky imagination entailed.
Do you have a favorite Gorey book? We've carried so many of them in the past.... Even the names are delicious: The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, The Dwindling Party, et al. (he produced more than 100). Although, sadly, we have no Goreys at present, may we assuage any yen for humorous drawings we've aroused with The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker? Here's a sampling:

 I think that dog lives down the block from me!

This just in: we have Edward Gorey notecards! Yippee! Plus a 10% off sale that lasts until the end of today.


  1. What a great find!

  2. Just one favorite Gorey? Not possible!

  3. That just goes to show what e-mail cannot do--give free rein to a creative imagination! Thank you for inspiring me to make my letters more expressive.