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Elegant enigmas : the art of Edward Gorey

Author: Karen Wilkin; Brandywine River Museum.
Publisher: San Francisco : Pomegranate, 2009.
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From the Publisher: The delightful tales and theatrical drawings of Edward Gorey (American, 1925-2000) reflect a special kind of genius for what is left unwritten and unseen. In Gorey's vaguely Victorian world of well-tended gardens and opulent estates, smoke-belching factories and fog-shrouded streets, nothing seems certain or quite as it should be. Chaos lurks just beneath life's tidy surface, occasionally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibitions
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wilkin, Karen, 1940-
Elegant enigmas.
San Francisco : Pomegranate, 2009
(OCoLC)609181711
Named Person: Edward Gorey
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Wilkin; Brandywine River Museum.
ISBN: 9780764948046 0764948040
OCLC Number: 234234091
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Penn., Spring 2009.
Description: 124 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Contents: Foreword / James H Duff --
Acknowledgments / Lee Wierenga --
Edward Gorey: mildly unsettling / Karen Wilkin --
Elegant enigmas: the art of Edward Gorey / Plates --
Books / Edward Gorey --
Books / Other authors --
Miscellaneous artworks --
Catalogue of the exhibition.
Responsibility: Karen Wilkin.
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From the Publisher: The delightful tales and theatrical drawings of Edward Gorey (American, 1925-2000) reflect a special kind of genius for what is left unwritten and unseen. In Gorey's vaguely Victorian world of well-tended gardens and opulent estates, smoke-belching factories and fog-shrouded streets, nothing seems certain or quite as it should be. Chaos lurks just beneath life's tidy surface, occasionally erupting in surprising events with unexpected, often horrific consequences. But when tragedy befalls Gorey's quirky cast of characters-hapless waifs, dusty dowagers, scheming tycoons, and unhinged maidens-somehow we can't keep from laughing. Far from casting us into the abyss, Gorey reminds us to contemplate mortality with a smile. In Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, more than 175 reproductions include samples from Gorey's books, illustrations produced for other writers, theatrical sets and costume designs, and a wealth of individual pieces, many never before published. Sketches, typewritten manuscripts, doodles, and musings join the generous selection of finished works. Published on the occasion of the first retrospective of Edward Gorey's work, at the Brandywine River Museum, Elegant Enigmas is a tribute to a master artist and writer, who with murderously dry humor created a body of work singular in its brilliance and charm.

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