The Resource Born to be posthumous : the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey, Mark Dery

Born to be posthumous : the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey, Mark Dery

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Born to be posthumous : the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey
Title
Born to be posthumous
Title remainder
the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey
Statement of responsibility
Mark Dery
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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, deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in countless ways, from Tim Burton's movies to Anna Sui's fashion to Neil Gaiman's Coraline to Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Some call him the Grandfather of Goth (which would've given him the fantods). Just who was this man, who lived with six cats, owned more than 20,000 books, roomed with the poet Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and liked to traipse around in floor-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a solitary, 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, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, and John Bellairs (most notably The House with a Clock in Its Walls), among others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and secretive man, a reclusive master whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting, the darkly amusing, and... other things. Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with Goreyphiles as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, Edmund White, and Anna Sui, Born to Be Posthumous draws back the curtain on this mysterious genius and his eccentric life." --
Assigning source
From publisher's description
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dery, Mark
Dewey number
700.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3557.O753
LC item number
Z57 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gorey, Edward
  • Gorey, Edward
  • Authors, American
  • Artists
  • ART / Individual Artists / General
  • ART / Individual Artists
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures
  • Authors, American
  • Artists
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
Born to be posthumous : the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey, Mark Dery
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-426) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A good mystery -- A suspiciously normal childhood: Chicago, 1925-44 -- Mauve sunsets: Dugway, 1944-46 -- "Terribly intellectual and avant-garde and all that jazz": Harvard, 1946-50 -- Sacred monsters: Cambridge, 1950-53 -- "Like a captive balloon, motionless between sky and earth": New York, 1953 -- Hobbies odd: ballet, the Gotham Book Mart, silent film, feuillade: 1953 -- Épater le bourgeois: 1954-58 -- "Working perversely to please himself": 1959-63 -- Nursery crimes: the Gashlycrumb Tinies and other outrages: 1963 -- Worshipping in Balanchine's temple: 1964-67 -- Mail bonding: collaborations: 1967-72 -- Dracula: 1973-78 -- Mystery!: 1979-85 -- Strawberry Lane forever: Cape Cod, 1985-2000 -- Flapping ankles, crazed teacups, and other entertainments -- "Awake in the dark of night thinking Gorey thoughts" -- The curtain falls
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 503 pages
Isbn
9780316188548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1028203847
  • (YBP)ybp15204824
Label
Born to be posthumous : the eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey, Mark Dery
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 423-426) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A good mystery -- A suspiciously normal childhood: Chicago, 1925-44 -- Mauve sunsets: Dugway, 1944-46 -- "Terribly intellectual and avant-garde and all that jazz": Harvard, 1946-50 -- Sacred monsters: Cambridge, 1950-53 -- "Like a captive balloon, motionless between sky and earth": New York, 1953 -- Hobbies odd: ballet, the Gotham Book Mart, silent film, feuillade: 1953 -- Épater le bourgeois: 1954-58 -- "Working perversely to please himself": 1959-63 -- Nursery crimes: the Gashlycrumb Tinies and other outrages: 1963 -- Worshipping in Balanchine's temple: 1964-67 -- Mail bonding: collaborations: 1967-72 -- Dracula: 1973-78 -- Mystery!: 1979-85 -- Strawberry Lane forever: Cape Cod, 1985-2000 -- Flapping ankles, crazed teacups, and other entertainments -- "Awake in the dark of night thinking Gorey thoughts" -- The curtain falls
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 503 pages
Isbn
9780316188548
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1028203847
  • (YBP)ybp15204824

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