Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey’s Vintage Paperback Covers for Doubleday Anchor

Writer, illustrator, spooky legend of the macabre and noted cat lover Edward Gorey spent the 1950s as the art editor for Doubleday’s new editions of Anchor paperbacks concerning serious and academic novels. According to Goreyography, the artist was responsible for the total cover package with the lettering, typography, design layouts, and in some cases, the art (other artists also contributed illustrations for this series, including the likes of Milton Glaser and Andy Warhol). We first saw these covers via Austin Kleon’s website, and do check it out: there’s a wonderful collection of 90-plus Gorey-era Doubleday Anchor paperbacks on Flickr. See a small sampling below. … Read More

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15 Eye-Catching Calendars to Keep You Organized in 2014

The new year approaches, and for those of you unwilling to let go of certain paper ephemera (we understand), it’s time to purchase a 2014 calendar. If scribbling your personal appointments on gorgeous letterpress paper or livening up your kitchen with 12 months of pop culture-inspired photos makes you tingle, we have some delicious calendar candy for… Read More

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10 of the Best Holiday Books You Probably Haven’t Read

For many of us, December is the month of trotting out old classics: traditions, recipes, that one silver plate that’s been in the family for generations. Of course, it’s a time of classic holiday reading, too, so if you’re both the bookish and the celebratory type, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! are likely to be laying about, cookie crumbs mashed into the creases of your favorite pages, hot chocolate rings on the back. But what about the holiday books that don’t get quite as much love? This year, if you find you’ve gone over The Night Before Christmas one too many times, try swapping in one of these excellent and under-appreciated choices, which we bet only the jolliest among you will have… Read More

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America’s Greatest Goth Eccentric: Why Edward Gorey Never Goes Out of Style

You really have to push yourself to imagine Edward Gorey at the beginning of his career, hanging his early works in the iconic Gotham Book Mart in the mid-1950s. But that’s exactly how he got his start, a few years after graduating from Harvard, his pictures adorning the walls of a store whose customers included Saul Bellow and Mary McCarthy. Gorey’s work has become so commercially ubiquitous in the past few decades that it is almost hard to envision him as part of New York’s highbrow set, his illustrations hanging over fresh copies of the Partisan Review, his unique vision on display for a still easily shocked postwar America. … Read More

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If Edward Gorey Wrote ‘Game of Thrones’

Edward Gorey is known for his dark, creepy-funny illustrations, and George R.R. Martin, whose fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire has swept the nation via its HBO adaptation, Game of Thrones, is known for his knack for killing off just about everybody in progressively more gruesome ways. So perhaps it was inevitable that someone — in this case, DeviantART users Curtana and Kaleadora — paired the two, creating a Game of Thrones-style alphabet in the style of Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, detailing a few of the goriest deaths in the series. Important warning: this alphabet is full of spoilers. Even if you’ve watched season two of the HBO show. Proceed at your own risk. If you already know who dies and how and just want to see it again, click through to see some of our favorites, and then head here to check out the entire alphabet, complete with rhyme scheme and extra scribble-blood. … Read More

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Two-Typewriter Homes: Famous Literary Roommates

Recently, The Rumpus dug up a great article from a 1998 edition of the LA Times, wherein Saul Bellow describes living with Ralph Ellison in a grand old house in upstate New York. Inspired by this pairing, we decided to poke around to try and find out which other famous writers have lived together, whether before they became famous, while scribbling away, or as established authors living the high life. Just to be clear — we’re not counting famous literary couples (or at least not constant ones, anyway). That’d just be too easy. Click through to read about a few literary greats who split the rent, and you might start looking at that aspiring novelist roommate of yours in a whole new light. … Read More

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Edward Gorey's Magical Illustrated Letters

Whimsical, illustrated letters from lauded gothic artist Edward Gorey to author Peter F. Neumeyer have surfaced in the new book, Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer, which hits stores today. Their correspondence began in 1968 — after the influential illustrator decided he’d like to join forces with the writer to create children’s books — with letters that span about 13 months and amusingly cover a myriad of topics, both personal and work related. Neumeyer has explained why he’s releasing the mesmerizing collection of nearly 200 artifacts: “In light of his body of work, and because of the interest that his private person has aroused, I feel strongly that these letters should not be lost to posterity. I still read in them Ted’s wisdom, charm, and affection and a profound personal integrity that deserves to be in the record.” We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of this fantastical book, but for now we’re satisfied to preview a few of Gorey’s letters, after the cut. … Read More

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New Books About Old Favorites

We’ve already reviewed the spate of unconventional literary autobiographies released last year, but 2011 is quickly shaping up to also be a year of fresh books by and about beloved bygone writers. Encompassing speeches, letter correspondences, essays, unpublished stories, and posthumous investigations, these upcoming books offer new insights into the intellects, imaginations, and lives of dearly departed cultural icons. … Read More

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Trend Watch: Famous Male Musicians Wearing Furs

Earlier this week we read a fascinating account of the auctioning off of Edward Gorey’s fur collection over on the Paris Review. It seems that the author — who over the years acquired a whopping 21 fur coats — had a change of heart in the ’80s, and decided to lock them all up in a storage facility. When he died in 2000, he left his entire estate to the care and welfare of animals, which in turn, led to the aforementioned sale. The story got us thinking about other famous men who’ve incorporated fur into their wardrobes. After doing a little digging, we were surprised to find that the majority of celebrities who we came up with were either old school rock stars or modern-day rappers — and Justin Bieber. Click through to check out the photos, and be sure to let us know in the comments: Do you think it’s ever OK to wear real fur? … Read More

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