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Born to Be Posthumous

Mark Dery
# UQ7332 Hardcover, 512 pages; 2018
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Edward Gorey was born to be posthumous. After he died, struck down by a heart attack in 2000, a joke made the rounds among his fans: during his lifetime, most people assumed he was British, Victorian, and dead. Finally, at least one of the above was true.

At Bas Bleu, we are big fans of Edward Gorey's morbidly clever and darkly whimsical writing and art, and his cultural influence is so vast that "goreyesque" is a de rigueur descriptor for all sorts of popular trends. But while his work has long delighted bibliophiles and art lovers, Gorey himself has remained rather an enigma. Mark Dery's smart, funny, and stylish biography pulls back the curtain on the eccentric artist. From his "suspiciously normal" childhood to his "famously inscrutable" sexuality, from his revolutionary contribution to children's literature to his infatuation with writing for the theater in his twilight years, Gorey's singular genius and unconventional style (full-length fur coats, clanking jewelry, and all) come to colorful life on the pages of this remarkable, scholarly, and wholly entertaining tribute to "the eccentric master of macabre nonsense." (AG)
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