Born to Be Posthumous by Mark Dery

Born to Be Posthumous

The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense.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 twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed wit...

Details Born to Be Posthumous

TitleBorn to Be Posthumous
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Art, Biography Memoir, Writing, Books About Books, History

Reviews Born to Be Posthumous

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Only now are art critics, scholars of children’s literature, historians of book-cover design and commercial illustration, and chroniclers of the gay experience in postwar America waking up to the fact that Gorey is a critically neglected genius. His consummately original vision--expressed in virtuosic illustrations and poetic texts but articulated with equal verve in book-jacket design, verse plays, puppet shows, and costumes and sets for ba...
  • Anmiryam
    As a fan of Edward Gorey's work since I discovered a copy of The Curious Sofa on my parents shelves at about age ten, I have often wanted to know more about the enigmatic flamboyant artist behind the work. Mark Dery brilliantly examines the complexities of both the man and his work -- the philosophical underpinnings that make the art and the man so enticing and so difficult to pin down in some concise essential way. Given Gorey's elusiveness as a...
  • Lael Braday
    The heartbreak of a good biography is finding out that the artist whose work sings to you is not the person of your imagination. It’s almost like a friendship breaking up over irreconcilable differences. The joy of a great biography is reveling in all the nooks and crannies of the artist whose work speaks to you. Mark Dery’s representation of Edward Gorey’s life is well-researched—including interviews with friends, family, and colleagues...
  • Zack
    This should be the last place you start your experience of Edward Gorey. Not because this book is bad, in fact it is quite good, but in order to appreciate this biography you really must be familiar with Gorey's work. And when I say familiar, I mean more than just having read the Gashlycrumb Tinies. Gorey was a many out of time and place but also of a conglomeration of particulars, and Mark Dery does an admirable job illustrating the man who real...
  • Roxanne
    I was not a Gorey fan prior to reading this book, but I am one now. (I didn't even know who he was.)Outstanding research and detail by the author Mark Dery.I won a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
  • Autumn
    I didn't even know Frank O' Hara and Edward Gorey were roommates, but this well-researched book was fun for me as a novice Gorey fan. He would have loved 2018.