Ascending Peculiarity

Ascending Peculiarity

Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey : Interviews

Book - 2002
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Edward Gorey's extraordinary and disconcerting books are avidly sought and treasured throughout the world, but until now little has been known about the man himself. While he was notoriously protective of his privacy, Gorey did grant dozens of interviews over the course of his life. And as these conversations demonstrate, he proved to be unfailingly charming, gracious, and fascinating.
Here is Gorey in his own words, ruminating on everything from French symbolist poetry to soap operas, from George Balanchine and the unique beauty of ballet to Victorian photographs of dead children. We meet the artist in his ramshackle, book-lined studio in Manhattan and his equally bizarre house on Cape Cod. He describes his legendary upbringing and vast range of influences, as well as how he managed to work amid all his cats. Ascending Peculiarity is a rare and wonderful entree into the inner workings of an artistic genius.

Includes reproductions of previously unpublished drawings and photographs
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, 2002, c2001.
Edition: 1st Harvest ed. --
ISBN: 9780156012911
Characteristics: xxi, 292 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wilkin, Karen
Alternative Title: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey


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KateHillier Jun 18, 2016

I've read a fair amount of Edward Gorey in my life and as a kid I appreciated the beginning of PBS' Mystery! more than I did the actual show. I've never wondered much about the writer though - probably because for years I thought he was from an older era and dead. He was American, attended every performance of the New York City Ballet for 23 seasons, lived with his cats, wore a fur coat with tennis shoes, and died in 2000. His work may make you think Edwardian but he was not of that time.

Mr. Gorey was not one for interviews but the few ones he did give are collected here and it was really interesting to get to know this wonderfully peculiar man.

dgfe7ytrhgfo9t90 Jul 03, 2014

The end is what gets me...

Edward Gorey was genius in letting go.

Thank you,

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