Monday, January 30, 2012

Gorey-itis

Odred Weary, Drew Dogyear, Regera Dowdy: these were some of the pseudonymous anagrams used by Edward St. John Gorey, a fantastical personage as likely as not to show up at his beloved ballet in one of the massive fur coats that recurringly adorned his dapper men-about-town. Gorey's books are coveted, both out of print and not, whether written or decorated himself or illustrated for another writer. An example of the latter is 1961's Scrap Irony by Felicia Lamport (left and below). She wrote the satiric verses; he provided the inimitable artwork.
Abe Books currently has a worthy profile called The Eerie Glory of Edward Gorey, complete with a video on one of his most outré titles: The Recently Deflowered Girl, written under the pseudonym Hyacinthe Phypps. (It is viewable as a scanned pdf here.)
And Daedalus? We have Edward Gorey Cats and Dogs Postcards. Because some gentlemen and ladies still send billets-doux, and such.

4 comments:

  1. I passed a hilarious few moments perusing The Recently Deflowered Girl. Thank you so much.
    (By the way, lychees are my favorite fruit--chacun a son gout, eh?)

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  2. It's always such fun to spend time in the world of Gorey! Thanks, it made me do a little digging and I found a wonderful collection of his quotes (on the always-addictive Good Reads!)
    http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/21578.Edward_Gorey

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  3. Classic Gorey...I don't think it is possible to tire of his dark, but light illustrations.

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  4. EDWARD GOREY, I DIG HIS WORK, AND PROPS TO WILHELM FINK FOR POSTING THE LINKS TO SOME OF HIS WHIMSICAL QUOTES.

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