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The strange case of Edward Gorey

Author: Alexander Theroux
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Fantagraphics hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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The Strange Case of Edward Gorey is the most authentic portrait yet of this truly enigmatic American artist and writer of macabre, ghoulish illustrated books. It is a respectful and insightful consideration not only of the intriguing pen-and-ink drawings but of the inventive, opinionated and eccentric person himself. A balletomane, cat-lover, unbelievably wide reader, collector of many and surprising objects, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Edward Gorey; Edward Gorey; Edward Gorey; Edward Gorey; Edward Gorey
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Theroux
ISBN: 9781606993842 1606993844
OCLC Number: 649803947
Description: 166 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Alexander Theroux.

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The Strange Case of Edward Gorey is the most authentic portrait yet of this truly enigmatic American artist and writer of macabre, ghoulish illustrated books. It is a respectful and insightful consideration not only of the intriguing pen-and-ink drawings but of the inventive, opinionated and eccentric person himself. A balletomane, cat-lover, unbelievably wide reader, collector of many and surprising objects, and mad filmgoer, Gorey had many selves. In this in-depth study of the man he had come to know over thirty years, Alexander Theroux, the novelist who has a literary genius all his own, examines every fact of this mysterious artist who left New York City to live year-round on Cape Cod for the last third of his life where for years, along with producing book after book, he found time to write and direct numerous evening-length entertainments, often featuring his own papier-m̂aché puppets in an ensemble known as La Theatricule Stoique. No ordinary account could ever do justice to such an anomalous character, but Theroux with his depth of understanding, keen eye, literary gifts, and astonishing intelligence, never flinches and this loving but analytical account in its sympathy and range of one of America's most complicated artists is unsparingly brilliant. -- Back cover.

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