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Friday Library Snapshot … Edward Gorey

March 1, 2013

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It was Edward Gorey’s birthday last week.  he was an American, born in Chicago 1925 (-2000) a writer, poet  and artist noted for his illustrated books.

I know very little of him except that he illustrated one or two of Samuel Beckett’s books.  So I was able to find a couple of images in All strange way and Beginning to end in our Beckett Collection; yet could find no more of note.

Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey

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I spoke to a couple of Beckett scholars, who often lurk in the Reading Room, and one told me that Edward Gorey was an illustrator of some notoriety.  Also that he was an author of children’s books and they were popular. So this prompted me to search in our Children’s Collection; but again I drew a blank.  I even looked under some of his many pseudonyms, for instance Ogdred Weary an anagram of his own name.
So any information I have found has been on Wikipedia and would not perhaps regurgitate it here.  I am keen to know more about him, as an illustrator of book covers from 1953 – 1960.  He was influenced by Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll and illustrated works such as Dracula by Bram Stoker, War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot, books that might have been in my local library as a child.

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