Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Born to Be Posthumous The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey The definitive biography of Edward Gorey the eccentric master of macabre nonsense From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest Edward Gorey s wickedly funny and deliciously sinist

  • Title: Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
  • Author: Mark Dery
  • ISBN: 0316188549
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey s wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.But who was this The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey s wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O Hara at Harvard, and was known in the late 1940s, no less to traipse around in full length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert Sullivan, and others At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey Get

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    About “Mark Dery

    • Mark Dery

      From Dery is a cultural critic, essayist, and book author who has taught at NYU and Yale He coined the term Afrofuturism, popularized the concept of culture jamming, and has published widely, in the academic as well as the popular press, on American mythologies and pathologies His books include Flame Wars 1994 , a seminal anthology of writings on digital From Dery is a cultural critic, essayist, and book author who has taught at NYU and Yale He coined the term Afrofuturism, popularized the concept of culture jamming, and has published widely, in the academic as well as the popular press, on American mythologies and pathologies His books include Flame Wars 1994 , a seminal anthology of writings on digital culture Escape Velocity Cyberculture at the End of the Century 1996 , which has been translated into eight languages The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium American Culture on the Brink 1999 , a study of cultural chaos in millennial America and the essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts Drive by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams 2012 His biography of Edward Gorey, Born to Be Posthumous The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey, will be published by Little, Brown on November 6.Mark has taught in the Yale School of Art and the Department of Journalism at NYU and has been a Chancellor s Distinguished Fellow at UC Irvine and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome Mark s latest book is the essay collection, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts Drive By Essays on American Dread, American Dreams University of Minnesota Press April 2012 Bruce Sterling wrote the introduction Boing Boing s advance praise calls it an intellectual journey through our darkest desires and strangest inclinations Luc Sante says it s a trustworthy and entertaining analysis of the lunatic fringe, which constitutes an ever larger portion of the discourse in America today Mark is at work on a biography of the artist, writer, and legendary eccentric Edward Gorey for Little, Brown

    675 thoughts on “Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

    • 3.5 stars But did anyone really know him Did he even want to be known. Edward Gorey is famously infamous Being nil, Gorey decided, was the safest policy. His work provided the scaffolding and inspiration for Neil Gaiman s Coraline, for Tim Burton s creeptacular movies, for Lemony Snicket s Series of Unfortunate Events and so much.And yet, surprisingly little is known about him He wrote many delightfully macabre books, which alternately impressed and horrified publishers There s [...]


    • Only now are art critics, scholars of children s literature, historians of book cover design and commercial illustration, and chroniclers of the gay experience in postwar America waking up to the fact that Gorey is a critically neglected genius His consummately original vision expressed in virtuosic illustrations and poetic texts but articulated with equal verve in book jacket design, verse plays, puppet shows, and costumes and sets for ballets and Broadway productions has earned him a place Onl [...]


    • Born to Be Posthumous The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Deryis a book I requested and the review is voluntary.I didn t even know who Edward Gorey was when I started this book, is that bad Well I sure do now I love how this book is written It is full of character and is very colorful just like the subject Each chapter heading is unique, and the interviews, the subjects, the content, and the personal details are totally remarkably I started out knowing nothing Born t [...]


    • I m less than thrilled with the idea of readers receiving a book from a publisher in exchange for a review I m unsure why that is permitted at all, but at least it is noted when it occurs.I found this book neither good nor bad Does it capture Gorey s unique genius No Does it focus too much on his sexuality Yes.Meh Stick to Gorey himself.


    • So, are we just all gonna ignore the fact that Dery posthumously outed Gorey Page 136 If such articles are to be believed, then Gorey wasn t necessarily gay, even though he was a lifelong bachelor who dressed in necklaces and furs.he was just asexual, a kind of lovable eunich Page 138 Gorey kept perfectly mum about his true nature to the press he only spoke about it in his art And in a way, to be honest, the glass closet was appropriate to his artistic persona, which was neither her So, are we j [...]


    • It illuminates without washing out the wonder of the works or the man himself A worthwhile read, like discovering Gorey s unique world again.


    • BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS 2018 Mark Dery.This is an excellent study appreciation of Edward Gorey The full title runs on The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gory I didn t know much about Gorey before reading this book, but that has changed it all Gorey has a big following I can recognize his work, but I am not a collector The only short coming of this book was its paucity of its illustrations Although there were many reproductions of his work, there were too few He BORN TO BE POSTHUMOU [...]


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