Monday, March 5, 2012
The Mourning Fan
The Mourning Fan, or Meanwhile and Elsewhere is a delightful, if little known work by Edward Gorey. It appeared in Antaeus, 20th Anniversary Issue, No 64/65, Spring-Autumn, 1990. This literary quarterly ran from 1970 through 1994, and included written contributions by a variety of authors. Works by Edward Gorey have appeared in several issues.
To date, The Mourning Fan has not been published as an individual book. The story consists of thirty verses, each accompanied by a small fan shaped drawing. The size of the drawings are similar to The Eclectic Abecedarium and Q.R.V., and it could be guessed that this title was destined to become a third miniature offering from Mr. Gorey. The surprise of the story is somewhat diminished in this printing because the layout allows the reader to see all the drawings and verses on four pages. I look forward to the possibility of seeing this title printed as an individual book one day.