Elegant Enigmas : The Art of Edward Gorey, Hardback

Elegant Enigmas : The Art of Edward Gorey Hardback

4.5 out of 5 (8 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 124 pages, Illustrations (some col.)
  • Publisher: Pomegranate Communications Inc,US
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual artists, art monographs
  • ISBN: 9780764948046



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This newest exhibition catalog is the best one yet. Lovely bound hardcover book full of illustrations of exhibit items. Some never seen before, such as the envelopes to Mr. Gorey's mother in Chicago--just seeing these are a treat. A must have for Gorey collectors.

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Every Goreyphile I know is rabid about owning his work. I think this volume was beautifully assembled. While a lot of it is already in my collection, I was transfixed by the decorated envelopes that he created before sending his letters. Absolute treasure.

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This is an excellent overview of Gorey's art, with some real treats for Goreyphiles. The early sketches and the reproductions of his decorated envelopes are particularly awesome. Those who aren't well-versed in Gorey's books might want to hunt down copies of his Amphigories as companions to this text; otherwise, the inclusion of only a few pages from several of his books might be a little frustrating.

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I'm only moderately familiar with Gorey's work, but this seems like a good place to begin a further exploration. I don't always understand what he's about, but I like the weird feeling he produces with his art. I think fans of Tim Burton would love this, especially those who enjoyed Burton's "Oyster Boy" book.

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If you love Edward Gorey, you'll love this book. I've been a Gorey fan since I first sat transfixed as a child by the opening credits of "Mystery" on PBS, and while I've poured over many of his little books, and his Amphigoreys, I've never had a good context in which to view his work. Karen Wilkin's insightful essay peels back the curtain and lets us see into Gorey's world. He was complex, and certainly did not want to be labeled or fit into any neat categorization people would like to put him, or his work, into. This book has really fleshed out my understanding of the man and his art. I never knew what a breadth of references he drew from, or how much I was missing. I love the background given to some of his more popular work, along with the chance to glimpse more private pieces that you normally would never get a chance to see. The hand-drawn envelopes he sent his mother when he was in school were simply marvelous. This book is terrific for anyone who wants to delve a little deeper into the mind of the man who has inspired so many. While I've been perfectly content to view his work at face value for all these years, I will certainly have a deeper appreciation for them now.

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