Eve Bowen: A Treasure Trove of Edward Gorey
Whether they are Edwardian ladies, fur-coated gentlemen, ill-fated children, or unusual animals, Edward Gorey’s characters are almost always on some kind of journey. His stories often unfold in wallpapered rooms, on barren estates, or among statues, beast-shaped topiaries, and urns. “Few seem to return from the borders to which I’ve sent them,” he wrote. Perhaps this is what gives Gorey’s work its talismanic power: his books and drawings, which are so often about imagined deaths and disasters, turn into lucky charms for his readers.
Image: ‘Lady Under Elephant Table’ (Edward Gorey Charitable Trust)
Now reading: the wonderful A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; Illustrated by Jim Kay
@booksofwonder The Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak -(1962) – A four-book anthology containing Pierre,Chicken Soup with Rice, Alligators All Around and One Was Johnny, A Counting Book. The most well-known is Pierre, where the title character responds to everything, “I don’t care!” A lion approaches Pierre and asks if he wants to die. Pierre, of course, doesn’t care and the lion eats him. When the lion spits him out, Pierre, thankful to be alive, understands the need to care.
The Paris Review did a nice little studio visit with one of my favorites, Maira Kalman, last year.
Did I ever post this here? I don’t remember.
But I drew this last year and I wish I had time to make more of these.