Monday, February 20, 2017
Originating from the University of California, Consumption magazine focused on poetry and is an appropriately titled publication to look for a cover drawn by Edward Gorey. In the summer of 1968, Mr. Gorey provided a cover design for Volume 1 Number 4 that features an unrecognized poet who is reduced to eating his writing to survive. The coffin shaped framing device surrounding him like a doorway hints at his impending doom.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
There is still time to visit E is for Elephants: The Etchings of Edward Gorey at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The exhibition highlights Edward Gorey's etchings and collographs and includes prints, working materials, and related ephemera. The exhibition runs through February 7. Gallery and exibition information can be found HERE.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Beginning in the early 1960's, Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis compiled over twenty anthologies which included subjects ranging from the natural world and science. Their main focus however, was collecting and publishing anthologies of stories about ghosts and the supernatural. From 1973 to 1979, Edward Gorey created covers for eight titles by Manley & Lewis, all but one of which focused on tales by female authors.
Janet Helen "Seon" Givens (1921 - 2009) and Mona "Gogo" Givens (1923 - 2008) were sisters who were raised in Connecticut and began collecting books as children. After college, they moved to New York City and became familiar faces in literary circles. Seon married Robert Manley, and Gogo married William Lewis. The sisters drew inspiration for their anthologies from their private libraries and personal interests. This is a (probably incomplete) list of their published titles:
Titles which do not have Edward Gorey covers:
Teen-Age Treasury of Our Science World 1961
Teen-Age Treasury of Imagination and Discovery 1962
Mystery! A Treasury for Young Reader 1963
Teen Age Treasury of the Arts 1964
Merriment: A Treasury for Young Readers 1964
The Oceans 1967
High Adventure 1968
Polar Secrets 1968
A Gathering of Ghosts 1969
Shapes of the Supernatural 1969
Ladies of Horror 1971
Bewitched Beings 1974
Baleful Beasts Bewitched Beings 1974
Masters of the Macabre 1975
Masters of Shade and Shadows 1978
Christmas Ghosts 1978
Masters of Shades and Shadows 1978
Nature's Revenge 1978
Cat Encounters 1979
Haunted Dolls 1980
Titles with dust jacket designs by Edward Gorey:
Mistresses of Mystery 1973
Grand Dames of Detection 1973
Ladies of Fantasy 1975
Ladies of the Gothics 1975
Women of the Weird 1976
Sisters of Sorcery 1976
Books from this series showcase wonderful cover artwork by Edward Gorey. These titles tend to be found as ex-library volumes and are often marred by library stickers on their covers and interior markings, making the search for unblemished copies challenging and rewarding.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Penny Candy by Edward Fenton (New York: Hold, Rinehart & Winston, 1970). At 5 3/16" x 4.5", this pen and ink drawing is a tour de force example of Mr. Gorey's considerable skill and talent at crosshatching. Estimated at $4000 - $7000, the piece sold for $6000.00.