Monday, January 8, 2018

I is for Influence



Author Sue Grafton, an author of a detective novels, passed away on December 28th at the age of 77. Her detective series had an alphabetical theme, beginning with A is for Alibi published in 1982, and continued through her final novel Y is for Yesterday published in 2017. Ms. Grafton had intended to end the series with Z is for Zero but had not begun writing the book at the time of her death.

According to her New York Times obituary, Ms. Grafton credited Edward Gorey's 1963 work The Gashlycrumb Tinies as her inspiration for the alphabetical structure of the series:

“I was smitten with all those little Victorian children being dispatched in various ways,” she told The New York Times in 2015. “ ‘A is for Amy who fell down the stairs; B is for Basil assaulted by bears; C is for Clara who wasted away; D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.’ Edward Gorey was deliciously bent.”

I is for inspiration!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Dick Cavett Interview


If one pokes around the YouTube universe, you can find several filmed sequences of Edward Gorey being interviewed. All are entertaining and give insights into Mr. Gorey's personality. Of particular interest is the November 30, 1977 interview Mr. Gorey gave on the Dick Cavett show.

Edward Gorey does not appear particularly at ease during the interview, but his recent success on Broadway with Dracula has put him in the spotlight. He often fidgets in his chair and produces several loud, nervous coughs during his half hour chat with Mr. Cavett. It is an interview that is worth viewing however. When given the opportunity to expound on a subject, Mr. Gorey is informative and entertaining, and his hands are fascinating to watch for their expressiveness, especially in repose.

The typescript of the full interview has been published in the book Ascending Peculiarity, but spending the half hour with Edward Gorey in person adds a layer of depth to the interview that is not present in the transcript. While watching the interview, it is easy to see how Edward Gorey could be played successfully on film by actor Jim Parsons. The full interview can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cng3K8FGj28&index=4&list=PL5ZxYsLy1tzGBy6dFBLWE6YsBuk4Yzi3E



Sunday, December 31, 2017

Welcome 2018



In with the New Year!


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Farewell 2017


Out with the old year.



Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas!



Merry Christmas from Goreyana!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Auction News



On Thursday December 14, Swann Gallery in New York City held its semi-annual Illustration Art Auction which once again included a nice selection of works by Edward Gorey. Six lots, comprising fifteen pieces of original artwork were offered, and all sold.

The first five lots showcased pen and ink drawings from The Monster Den, or, Look What Happened at My House, a book by John Ciardi that was published in 1966. The first drawing, Miss Myrna, Small Ben, and John L - Those Three, a delightful drawing of the three children in a row boat, sold for more than twice the high estimate.

After four drawings from this volume were offered individually, a final lot comprising ten drawings brought almost double its high estimate. Nine of these drawings showcased individual vignettes of the above children. The tenth drawing included in this lot was a fantastic Gorey creature.

The final piece of artwork by Edward Gorey in the sale was a pen, ink and watercolor that was published in the New York Times in December 1987 to accompany a piece entitled Avoiding Christmas written by Quentin Crisp. With his typical dry wit, Mr. Crisp, whose birthday fell on Christmas Day, disparaged the holiday. Mr. Gorey's amusing illustration shows the perils encountered when entertaining other people's children.

As with previous sales, works by Edward Gorey continue to garner strong interest among admirers and collectors.




Thursday, December 7, 2017

Holiday Decorating


 Christmas in the Eggplant Hills is one of Edward Gorey's more enigmatic Christmas card designs. Rabbits in plaid shirts are decorating an effigy with the help of a creature of unspecified origin. The card was a limited edition greeting for the Albondocani Press in 1989.