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The Strange Case of Edward Gorey
     

The Strange Case of Edward Gorey

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by Alexander Theroux
 

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The Firecracker Alternative Book Award-winning look back at the life of the late artist Edward Gorey. Combining artistic analysis, a personal reminiscence of the artist Theroux knew for over 25 years, and an intimate familiarity with Gorey's oeuvre while drawing on exclusive interviews with the artist (the book was begun before Gorey's passing in 2000 at the age of

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The Firecracker Alternative Book Award-winning look back at the life of the late artist Edward Gorey. Combining artistic analysis, a personal reminiscence of the artist Theroux knew for over 25 years, and an intimate familiarity with Gorey's oeuvre while drawing on exclusive interviews with the artist (the book was begun before Gorey's passing in 2000 at the age of 75 but completed just after), this book stands as the most comprehensive bio yet written about the beloved but reclusive and enigmatic artist.

Editorial Reviews

Mark Dery
“An addictively readable book, stuffed with scandalous morsels of gossip, piquant table talk (Gorey and Theroux were friends), the author’s staircase wit, and his sharply perceptive insights into the mind and art of the incalculable, eccentric Gorey.
A poisoned bon-bon of a book. To be read aloud to a friend, in bed, with a glass of absinthe on the night table.”
Alex Beam - The Boston Globe
“The Strange Case of Edward Gorey revels in Gorey’s intelligence, wit, and marvelous eccentricities.”
The Gay & Lesbian Review
“This is a loving memoir of a singular artist, written by a best friend, one of the most talented novelists in America.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560973850
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
68
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.21(d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Theroux is an award-winning novelist, poet, and teacher whose prose works include
Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual, Estonia, and the two artist monographs The Strange Case of Edward Gorey and The Enigma of Al Capp. His novel Darconville’s Cat was chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the 99 greatest post-war novels. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and children.

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The Strange Case of Edward Gorey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This is a rather unusual biography because it is not told in the more tyical chronological order, family tree, and photo manner. This presentation is woven from biographical and the author's personal knowledge, Gorey's own comments on his life and work, a interviews with Gorey, and the author's reflections on other artists. This weaving makes the book more than a biography, more than a personal remembrance, and more than a critique of Gorey's work in context. Theroux's writing flows with quotes and picturesque language which resonants with Gorey's style. It is so thick I had to reread several sections to be sure I caught everything. I found the book quite interesting and compelling, a real joy to read with much to contemplate about Gorey's work as well as the larger areas of artistic endeavor and human experience. This is a book not to be missed by any interested in Gorey. It does include photos.