Edward Gorey's Forgotten Book Cover Art Will Make You Happy And Afraid

April 24, 2015 4:54 PM

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Edward Gorey's Forgotten Book Cover Art Will Make You Happy And Afraid

Edward Gorey’s work dwelt at the intersection of visual art and literature. He published over 100 books before his death in 2000, yet many of them contained no words at all -- only his distinctively unsettling Edwardian-style drawings. Others, like his famous Gashlycrumb Tinies, blend macabre verses with grim illustrations in classic picture-book style.

So his early incarnation as a book cover designer, both in-house for Doubleday and freelance, suited his artistic proclivities perfectly. Though this epoch in Gorey’s career has been largely forgotten in light of his later achievements, a new book, Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design (Pomegr...

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