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Born to Be Posthumous
Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey | Mark Dery
21 posts | 5 read | 6 reading | 51 to read
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 20,000 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 drag? 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.
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Fridameetslucy
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I love Edward Gorey‘s Work- the gothic inspired drawings, the camp and Dada texts that celebrate folks like me who prefer to paint night skies over skies of eternal sunshine. This is very current biography of Gorey which contextualizes him within lgbtq aesthetics and culture. Gorey is allowed to be enigmatic in his identity choices (gay but non sexual) and as open ended as his work . After all he intended his epitaph to read “ not really”

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CorinnaBechko
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Stayed up too late reading last night so I really need this today.

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Fridameetslucy
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Loving this audible version. Home from work with fractured foot so I‘m doing my daily commute listen n init on the couch ! Woot woot.

Theaelizabet Take care! 4w
Tadams4 I hope you foot heals quickly! Enjoy the downtime! 3w
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CorinnaBechko
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New week, new read! Been looking forward to this. #biography #art

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Fridameetslucy
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Im so glad that I‘m listening to this on audible. It‘s steeped with exactly the sort of stay on your toes type of details that has me suspending everything (except easy knitting projects and sipping a cuppa) I am so impressed by how this biography contectualizes Gorey in lgbtq culture and aesthetic

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Abby2
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I would recommend this to big fans of Gorey. The discussions of his books and life are interesting. The long explanations of his art influences and love of ballet were beyond me and pretty slow.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 1! A thicker biography about an immense influencer of modern entertainment, particularly literature, and who was a most interesting man in everything from his wardrobe to his habits. From Tim Burton to Neil Gaiman, Edward Gorey has inspired many, and he‘s been dubbed the Grandfather of Goth thanks on part to his dark humor and unique illustrations. This should be interesting. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

SaturnDoo I just saw this yesterday on a display at my library 😀 3mo
BookBabe Ooooh, I‘ve always loved his illustrations 😍 3mo
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Booksnchill
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I am headed for a very Gorey March!!!!!!!🤣💖 @ferskner

GondorGirl I just picked up the Gorey biography yesterday! 4mo
Booksnchill @GondorGirl it was part of the 50% off book haul sale at Barnes and Noble today so I cancelled my library hold and just bought it! 4mo
ferskner I AM SO JEALOUS 4mo
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GondorGirl
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The husband and I went out to dinner, then to Barnes and Noble to take advantage of the #BookHaul sale. I've been really wanting to read the Gorey biography, but have a difficult time spending 40$ on a book... thanks to the sale I got it for 17$!

LibrarianRyan Was we set the dark part of the sale? 4mo
GondorGirl @LibrarianRyan No, that one I just really wanted. The other three were part of the sale. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @GondorGirl I get that. I bout two books not part of the haul as well. 4mo
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Gina
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LittleWonder
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Barnes and Noble #bookhaul is happening for members today and general public tomorrow. Over 400 titles at 50% off. Couldn‘t sleep last night so I got a jump on the sale and picked up this lovely for half price! 👏🏻👏🏻

gradcat Thanks for the tip! ❤️ 4mo
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Bookwomble
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Having gathered slightly less than a handful of Gorey's books, and having been delighted and frustrated by them in equal measure, the publication of Dery's biography was a timely one for me. Perhaps now I would be provided with a key to understanding what on earth Gorey was on about!
Well, mission accomplished! Somewhat...

Dery explains for the uninitiated that the point of most of Gorey's work is that there is no specific point. 👇

Bookwomble Gorey's interest is in atmosphere, feeling, the unsaid, and leaving room for the reader (observer?) to find such meaning as they may. What a relief! Released from the agony of interpretation I find myself more able to connect with the books and enjoy them for what they are, rather than what I'm trying to make them be.
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Bookwomble That service provided, as a biography, Dery‘s book is (so far as I can tell) detailed, sympathetic and insightful. Gorey is presented as somebody it would have been difficult, and interesting, and pleasant, and stimulating, and frustrating to know. 4mo
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Tonton
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I can never forget the sight of Edward Gorey striding down 57th Street, impeccable in silver jewelry and trademark full length sable, sweeping past me (I was waiting for my date)into Carnegie Hall for the NY Gay Men‘s Chorus Christmas concert (which was fabulous). He had such style and presence. From illustrator to book designer to set design to writing and producing plays...focused genius. Roomed with Frank O‘Hara, loved ballet. And so very alone

Lindy Evocative anecdote. 😊 5mo
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Bookwomble
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Janet Morgan, who oversaw the poetry department of New York's Gotham Book Mart, recalling the time she was busy typing something up, "and someone's standing over me going, 'Do you take traveler's checks?' and it's David Bowie buying Gorey books."
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@saresmoore Thank you for flagging this book for me. I got it for Christmas and it's fabulous ?

AmyG I can‘t wait to read this. 5mo
Bookwomble @AmyG I'm getting an understanding of why Gorey wrote and illustrated the way he did, which is giving me a better understanding of how to approach his work. Well worth reading for Goreyistas, of which I'm becoming one. Just ordered The Willowdale Handcar to add to my slowly growing Gorey collection 😊 5mo
saresmoore Lovely! 5mo
Aimeesue I ❤️Gorey, said Aimee, who fell down the stairs. 5mo
Bookwomble @Aimeesue 😂 I tried to order The Gashlycrumb Tinies yesterday, but it's out of print in the UK. A new edition is being printed in October, so I might wait or, possibly, search online. 5mo
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hgrimes
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#humpdaypost @MinDea
1. 2018 brought me a sweet and very happy baby nephew.
2. Finish “Lethal White”!
3. Best - Nephew baby, I got 2 new cats, and I got to hold multiple baby goats. Worst - 3 family deaths in a row and then my baby cat Dart randomly dropped dead as like the icing on the great big death cake.
4. nope, I‘m perfect as is.
5. Probably the new Edward Gorey biography!

AmyG Awwww your nephew. ❤️ but I am sorry for all your losses. (edited) 6mo
Suet624 Tough year. I‘m sorry to hear. 😩 6mo
Susanita I‘m sorry for your losses. 😢 6mo
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Kaye #4. Good for you. I like it when people are happy with themselves and don‘t feel they need Bondo , a tummy tuck, face lift, hair extensions, fake eyelashes, fingernails, a new chest and underpants with a fake butt in them. Can you imagine what men think when they get one of these gals at home and all the fake stuff comes off ? They got the booby prize. 6mo
hgrimes @AmyG He may be illiterate, but he is such a good baby! ❤️ 6mo
hgrimes @Suet624 @Susanita Thanks, it hasn‘t been an easy year. Happy to kick 2018 out the door! 6mo
hgrimes @kaye 😂🤣😂 Well said! I‘m blessed to have a husband who gives a shit about as much as I do! (maybe even less, if that‘s possible) 6mo
Kaye Yea my husband isn‘t the sort that goes for all that stuff either. It‘s even worse when it‘s old ladies like me that bleach their hair white- blonde, lay in the tanning booth til it sounds like bacon sizzling, then they wear short shorts so their browned cellulite oozes out. GROSS. I figure I look good enough without all the doodads. (edited) 6mo
hgrimes @kaye ewww who has time to be bothered with all that when there are so many books to read?! 6mo
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ferskner
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A couple of treats: the Edward Gorey book was a gift from a publisher, and the Dickens was a post-Christmas discount I couldn't resist. I love both covers so much!

Lcsmcat That is a beautiful Dickens! 6mo
Booksnchill I am just waiting to get my hands on the Gorey book- love him!!! Excellent choices! 6mo
batsy That Gorey book sounds fab! 6mo
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Kalalalatja 😍😍 (edited) 6mo
ferskner @Booksnchill I think we were meant to be friends! 6mo
Booksnchill @ferskner lock down that Zombie print for sure🤣😇 6mo
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StellarDoc
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A thorough and excellent biography.
Given Gorey's love for cats, it seems fitting that Loki decided to use his biography as a pillow shortly after I finished it.

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hgrimes
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I got a book for Christmas!

Booksnchill I really am looking forward to this one- hope it‘s good! 6mo
kateykontent I got it, too!! 😀😀😀 6mo
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Thedrunkstrawberry
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I can‘t wait to read this.

rubyslippersreads Stacked! 7mo
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StellarDoc
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Rainy Saturday reading!

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Liberty
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Morning reading: Because HELL YES. 🖤☠️🖤

hgrimes Is this out now? 10mo
batsy Oooh! 10mo
Jess Yes! I planned a trip to his house in September. Can‘t wait! 10mo
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Megara Stacked! 😍 10mo
saresmoore Oh! @Bookwomble I imagine this was already on your radar, but thought I‘d tag you, just in case. 😊 10mo
Bookwomble @saresmoore It wasn't, but it is now! 😁 Thank you for the heads up 💗 10mo
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