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Born to Be Posthumous : the Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey.

Author: Mark Dery
Publisher: New York : Little Brown & Company, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Dery, Mark.
Born to Be Posthumous : The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey.
New York : Little Brown & Company, ©2018
Named Person: Edward Gorey; Edward Gorey
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Dery
ISBN: 9780316453943 0316453943 9780316451079 031645107X
OCLC Number: 1059413849
Description: 1 online resource (349 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Table of Contents; Dedication; Introduction: A Good Mystery; Chapter 1: A Suspiciously Normal Childhood; Chapter 2: Mauve Sunsets; Chapter 3: "Terribly Intellectual and Avant-Garde and All That Jazz"; Chapter 4: Sacred Monsters; Chapter 5: "Like a Captive Balloon, Motionless Between Sky and Earth"; Chapter 6: Hobbies Odd-​Ballet, the Gotham Book Mart, Silent Film, Feuillade; Chapter 7: Épater le Bourgeois; Chapter 8: "Working Perversely to Please Himself"; Chapter 9: Nursery Crimes-The Gashlycrumb Tinies and Other Outrages Chapter 10: Worshipping in Balanchine's TempleChapter 11: Mail Bonding-Collaborations; Chapter 12: Dracula; Chapter 13: Mystery!; Chapter 14: Strawberry Lane Forever; Chapter 15: Flapping Ankles, Crazed Teacups, and Other Entertainments; Chapter 16: "Awake in the Dark of Night Thinking Gorey Thoughts"; Chapter 17: The Curtain Falls; Acknowledgments; A Note on Sources; A Gorey Bibliography; Notes; About the Author; Also by Mark Dery; Newsletters.

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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 and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known-in the late 1940s, no less-to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard' An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, 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, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious. Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, BORN TO BE POSTHUMOUS draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

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