Ascending Peculiarity

Ascending Peculiarity

Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey : Interviews

Book - 2001
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A vivid self-portrait in words of one of the great American
artists of the twentieth century. Designed to appeal to Gorey lovers as well as
those seeking an introduction to his work, Ascending Peculiarity includes reproductions of previously unpublished drawings and photographs. Edited by Karen Wilkin.

Edward Gorey's extraordinary and disconcerting books are avidly sought and treasured throughout the world, but until now little has been known about the man himself. While he was notoriously protective of his privacy, Gorey did grant dozens of interviews over the course of his life. And as the conversations collected in this book demonstrate, he proved to be unfailingly charming, gracious, and fascinating.

Here is Gorey in his own words, ruminating on everything from French symbolist poetry to soap operas, from George Balanchine and the unique beauty of ballet to Victorian photographs of dead children. We meet the artist in his ramshackle book-lined studio in Manhattan and his equally bizarre house on Cape Cod. We listen as he describes his legendary upbringing and vast range of influences, as well as how he managed to work amid all his cats.


Publisher: New York : Harcourt, c2001.
ISBN: 9780151005048
0151005044
Branch Call Number: 700.92 Gorey 3701 1
Characteristics: xxi, 292 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Wilkin, Karen 1940-
Alternative Title: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey

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KateHillier Jun 18, 2016

I've read a fair amount of Edward Gorey in my life and as a kid I appreciated the beginning of PBS' Mystery! more than I did the actual show. I've never wondered much about the writer though - probably because for years I thought he was from an older era and dead. He was American, attended every ... Read More »


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KateHillier Jun 18, 2016

I've read a fair amount of Edward Gorey in my life and as a kid I appreciated the beginning of PBS' Mystery! more than I did the actual show. I've never wondered much about the writer though - probably because for years I thought he was from an older era and dead. He was American, attended every performance of the New York City Ballet for 23 seasons, lived with his cats, wore a fur coat with tennis shoes, and died in 2000. His work may make you think Edwardian but he was not of that time.

Mr. Gorey was not one for interviews but the few ones he did give are collected here and it was really interesting to get to know this wonderfully peculiar man.

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Jul 03, 2014

The end is what gets me...

Edward Gorey was genius in letting go.

Thank you,
Aed

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