Edward Gorey Quote

Edward Gorey was, without question, one of the most exceptional — in every sense of the word — author/illustrators of the twentieth century. He created unforgettably unsettling characters for children’s books as well as grown-up fare that was in equal parts creepy and funny. His Victorian and Edwardian settings, detailed black and white drawings and offbeat pseudonyms were his trademarks and endeared him to fas of the offbeat and eerie.

Personally, Gorey was nothing like his dark, macabre characters: he was Edward Gorey Fur Coatinsouciant and offhandedly funny. An avid ballet fan, in the 1960s and 1970s he was seen almost nightly at New York’s Lincoln Center, usually holding court during intermission at a performance of the New York City Ballet and usually wearing his signature fur coat.

When choreographer and New York City Ballet Director George Balanchine died, in 1983, Gorey left New York and moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He died in the home he called Elephant house in 2000.

Its well we cannot hear the screams we make in other peoples dreams Edward Gorey Quote

 


More From Edward Gorey – FIRST EDITIONS/RARITIES

The Lavender Leotard by Edward Gorey First Edition

THE LAVENDER LEOTARD: Or, Going a Lot to the New York City Ballet Second edition, Re-issued in 2007 by Ballet Review magazine to commemorate the 100th birthday of Lincoln Kirstein, co-founder of the New York City Ballet, who originally commissioned the drawings in 1970.

The Bug Book by Edward Gorey First Edition

A scarce, early Gorey work. Originally issued as a Christmas greeting by the publishers. Limited to 600 copies. Unpaginated. 30 color illustrated pages with accompanying text.

 

 

 

The Loathsome Couple by Edward Gorey First Edition

The first trade printing preceded by two limited and signed issues. 30 full page illustrations. Front flap touts: “This book may well prove to be its author’s most unpleasant ever.”

The Curious Sofa by Edward Gorey First Edition

An Edward Gorey work, published under the anagrammatic pseudonym Ogdred Weary. Unpaginated. With 30, mildly pornographic, illustrated leaves and accompanying text.

first printing of the frighteningly fantastic, ballet themed, illustrated Gorey tale. With the cover title also in French as LA CHAUVE-SOURIS DOREE. Unpaginated. 30 full page illustrations. 1966

first printing of the frighteningly fantastic, ballet themed, illustrated Gorey tale. With the cover title also in French as LA CHAUVE-SOURIS DOREE. Unpaginated. 30 full page illustrations. 1966

 

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