Born to Be Posthumous

Born to Be Posthumous The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

Paperback (15 Oct 2020)

  • $16.27
Add to basket

Includes delivery to USA

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 7 days

Synopsis

The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.

'A genius book about a bookish genius' Daniel Handler, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events

From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth.

But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known - in the late 1940s, no less - to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes - but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose?

He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.

Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

Book information

ISBN: 9780008329846
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: William Collins
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 444g
Height: 130mm
Width: 200mm
Spine width: 37mm