The Black Doll

The Black Doll

by Edward Gorey, Ann Nocenti
     
 

The Black Doll, a little-known and never-produced screenplay by the celebrated artist and writer Edward Gorey (1925-2000), dishes up a rambunctious romp of a plot, featuring vile villains, wicked women, sinister socialites, and a horrified heroine. It's the stuff of many a silent melodrama but imbued with classic Gorey convolutions. Written in 1973 and…  See more details below

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The Black Doll, a little-known and never-produced screenplay by the celebrated artist and writer Edward Gorey (1925-2000), dishes up a rambunctious romp of a plot, featuring vile villains, wicked women, sinister socialites, and a horrified heroine. It's the stuff of many a silent melodrama but imbued with classic Gorey convolutions. Written in 1973 and originally published in Scenario magazine in 1998, The Black Doll has been missing from Gorey libraries until now.

A huge film buff all his life, Gorey claimed to have watched as many as one thousand movies a year when he lived in New York City during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a devoted student of silent films, citing Louis Feuillade (French, 1873-1925) and D. W. Griffith (American, 1875-1948), pioneers of the genre, as major inspirations. His informed insights on silent films were revealed in an interview with Annie Nocenti, published in the same issue of Scenario; it, too, is republished in these pages.

Gorey filled The Black Doll with about twenty costumed characters, who seem to hop on and off camera haphazardly. (Don't worry: they all fall into place at the end of the story.) If the enigmatic script seems a mystery without a solution, keep in mind these words from Mr. Gorey: "I always feel, 'what you see is what you get,' but if you want to read something into it, then you can."

Including several relevant illustrations from his other books and an illuminating foreword by Andreas L. Brown (owner of the Gotham Book Mart and Trustee of the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust), The Black Doll is truly a Gorey gem.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764948015
Publisher:
Pomegranate Communications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
71
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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