Monday, June 27, 2016

Glen Emil Presentation for the Library of Congress

A recorded webcast presentation by Glen Emil at the Library of Congress from February 2016 is now available on line. In the forty minute presentation, Mr. Emil discusses aspects of Edward Gorey's career as well as the collection of material he donated to the LOC in 2014. To listen to the webcast, go HERE.

Mr. Emil's collection was also visited earlier this month for a private viewing organized by ComicsDC. Photographs from the visit are presented on their blog HERE.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dracula In Depth

Little Shop of Horrors, The Journal of Classic British Horror Films devotes issue #36 entirely to the 1979 movie Dracula. The road to the movie begins with a Nantucket revival of the 1924 play in a high school auditorium, a production that would transfer to Broadway and make a star out of Frank Langella in the title role. The Tony Award winning revival also made a star of illustrator Edward Gorey, who designed the sets and costumes, and opened the way for his involvement in Mystery! for PBS. Even though the magazine's focus is the film, this is the most in-depth and complete recounting of how the play was conceived, produced, and produced that has been recorded.

Featuring 100 pages of in-depth, fully illustrated articles and interviews, the magazine tracks the progress from a cocktail party where, "An old drunk stumbled up to me and said, 'I hear you're going to do Dracula. You should get Edward Gorey to design it.'" (John Wulp interview), through the ultimate premier of the British-made film with its star from the Broadway production. As can be expected, there are many plot twists and turns before the stage productions or movie come to fruition.

A must for any fan of the movie or the Gorey-designed play, this magazine can be obtained from Little Shop of Horrors

Wednesday, June 1, 2016



An early tennis themed image by Edward Gorey.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Vincent Price

Happy 105th birthday to the late, great Vincent Price.  Mr. Price was born on May 27, 1911.  Here is one of the many introductions he performed for the PBS Mystery! series in the 1980's. The clip includes the Edward Gorey titles and Mr. Price seated in "Gorey Manor".

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Proust Questionnaire

Answering lists of questions to illuminate one's ambitions was a popular pastime in the 19th Century. The Proust Questionnaire is a list of questions that is meant to divulge aspects of the subjects personality.  As a teen, French writer Marcel Proust wrote out answers to an English questionnaire in 1890. His written answers were discovered in the 1920's, and the renamed Proust Questionnaire has continued to amuse and instruct ever since. The list of questions have been whittled down and adjusted for use by several television talk show hosts including James Lipton for Inside the Actors Studio.

Edward Gorey was asked to take the questionnaire for Vanity Fair Magazine, and his answers were printed in the October 1997 issue. Mr. Gorey's answers are typically enigmatic.

Several examples:

What is your current state of mind?  Changeable.
Which living person do you most despise?  Where to begin...
What is your most marked characteristic? Dither.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Reviews Are In

There are several reviews for the Off Off Broadway production of GOREY (The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey). A kind friend from New York sent me a program, which has the feel of a lovely Gorey keepsake.

Front Row Center Review:

Offline On Line Review:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gorey Goes East

Edward Gorey had a deep affection for Asian culture and references to Japan and the Orient are often found in his books. For the first time, a major exhibition of his work is touring Japan with stops in three cities. Elegant Enigmas, the seminal traveling exhibition of Mr. Gorey's original art from the archives is being exhibited this year in three cities - Itami City Museum of Art (April 2 - May 15), Fukushima Prefectoral Museum of Art (July 16 - Aug 28, and finally Shimonoseki City Art Museum (Sept 8 - Oct 23). The traveling exhibition is being supplemented by first edition books from the collection of Toshinobu Hamanaka.