"And, conversely, for others, fanatics of Gorey's pseudo-classical ballet, The Gilded Bat, it will come as no surprise to find the artist admit that George Balanchine ``was the great, important figure in my life . . . sort of like God.'' ($29.95; Oct. 1996; 192 pages; ISBN 0-8109-3988-6)"
This is a glorious collection of Gorey-ana, complemented by an interview by painter and photographer Ross with the artist himself and commentary on his work by art critic WIlkin. ``I don't think I've done anything terribly scary,'' Gorey says to Ross. ``People think of me as much more macabre and Gothic than I really am.'' A dubious denial to those who adore Gorey's creepy ``crypto- Edwardians,'' as Wilkin calls them.
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