Monday, July 28, 2014

1973 Edward Gorey Dracula Review

The July 16, 1973 issue of Newsweek included a review of the newly formed Nantucket Stage Company. Spearheaded by producer John Wulp, the newly formed company was able to produce a professional summer season of three plays which included a work by playwright John Guare, a piece penned by Wulp himself, and a revival of the 1927 stage version of Dracula - with sets and costumes by Edward Gorey.

Presented in a made-over schoolhouse, Mr. Gorey's sets and costumes "provide the right atmosphere of sophisticated scariness". This production would become the springboard for the legendary 1977 Broadway version.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It's Hard To Keep A Bad Man Down - Edward Gorey's Dracula Returns

The Alley Theater in Houston, Texas will be mounting a revival of Dracula this fall featuring the iconic costume and scenic designs of Edward Gorey. Previews begin October 3, and the play runs from October 8 through November 2.

Edward Gorey won a Tony Award in 1978 for his masterful costume designs for Dracula. Contact the Alley Theater for tickets here.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Three Books from the Fantod Press IV - Deluxe Edition

Published in 1973 by The Fantod Press, Edward Gorey's last installment of Three Books from Fantod Press IV contains three individual books published concurrently and issued together in an envelope. All three titles are limited to 500 unnumbered, unsigned copies which were housed in a printed white envelope. See my post from May 28, 2009 for more information on this set.

In addition to the envelope sets, Fantod IV was issued as a deluxe signed limited edition of 26 A-Z lettered copies which were housed in a special beige slipcase with a printed label. I recently acquired this long sought after slipcased edition. Each of the books in the set are hand signed by Edward Gorey on a special colophon page and are lettered "F" of 26 copies.

As with most early slipcased titles by Mr. Gorey, the glue used to attach the printed label was not archival and bled through the label itself.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Edward Gorey - A Little Traveling Music

The March 1993 issue of Travel & Leisure Magazine provided A Little Traveling Music illustrated by Edward Gorey. For this one page diversion, Mr. Gorey provided an illustration for George & Ira Gershwin's 1937 song A Foggy Day. The sketchy, monochromatic image provides a nice counterpoint to lyrics printed below. Feel free to sing out loud.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Edward Gorey Pool Party

It is Summer and outdoor parties are in full swing. What could be more swinging than this Los Angeles Pool Party image created by Edward Gorey? These tanned hipsters know that the only way to enjoy the pool is to be dressed in the latest fashion, wear cool sunglasses and enjoy a tall cooling drink with an umbrella in it. Of course, the layer of LA smog is still burning off.

This piece of original art by Mr. Gorey was sold at Swann Auction Galleries in January 2014 and is believed to have been made in the 1960's/early 70's as a magazine illustration.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Author Mary Rodgers Dies

Author Mary Rodgers has died at 83. Edward Gorey provided dust jackets for three of her books; Freaky Friday, A Billion for Boris, and Summer Switch.

Ms. Rogers was the daughter of composer Richard Rogers and the mother of composer Adam Guettel. She was also a composer herself, providing the music for the Broadway hit Once Upon A Mattress as well as several other less well known shows.

My copy of Freaky Friday is signed and inscribed (not to me) by Mary Rodgers.