Rosemary Hill: Gorey’s Glories, 3 June 2021
Show More Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery.
William Collins, 512 pp., £9.99, October 2020, 978 0 00 832984 6Show More
“... What were you like as a child?’ Dick Cavett asked Edward Gorey on his talk show in November 1977. ‘Small,’ he replied. Gorey, who died in 2000 at the age of 75, did not like to talk about himself or his work, which depended, like the Japanese literature he admired, ‘very much [on] what is left out’. Someone who thought of himself principally as a writer, but is now remembered chiefly as an artist and illustrator of his own and other people’s work, Gorey created a peculiar, hermetic world in which the comic and the macabre combine in proportions dependent on the reader’s temperament ...”