Search Results: "Edward Gorey"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD OF EDWARD GOREY by Clifford Ross
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"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. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTED LOOKING GLASS by Edward Gorey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2001

"The bonus: each story begins with a Gorey illustration."
Back in 1959, before he became as famous as he was at his death last year, illustrator Gorey selected 12 classic horror tales for this delightfully eerie anthology, which stands on its own merits as a historical introduction to the genre. Read full book review >

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GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Calling this delightful tale its author's 'Vision of Judgment' or Inferno would be like breaking a butterfly on a wheel—with which image, come to think of it, Gorey might do something ineffably sinister and entertaining."
A hilariously suave (previously unpublished) morality tale from the master of understated mayhem and apocalypse (The Unstrung Harp, p. 572, etc.). Read full book review >

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CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN by Hilaire Belloc
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, his gothic sensibility made him the perfect illustrator for them, and Lemony Snicket fans will undoubtedly swoon with delight. (Poetry. 9-11)"
Typically deadpan, previously unpublished scenes of Victorian ladies, gents, and children decorate seven of Belloc's savage little ditties, including "Henry King, Who Chewed Bits Of String, And Was Early Cut Off In Dreadful Agonies," "Jim, Who Ran Away From His Nurse, And Was Eaten By A Lion," and the ever-popular "Matilda, Who Told Lies, And Was Burned To Death." Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS by Edward Gorey
Released: May 30, 1973

"Bellairs doesn't bother to supply either motivation or blueprints for the Izard's antisocial scheme, but if the cavalier and capricious handling of the occult by characters and author alike precludes any bone-deep shudders, the house lives up to its promise of a few gratifying Halloween shivers."
Gorey's creepy-cozy drawings accurately project the ambience of the big old house in tiny New Zebedee, Michigan, where ten year-old Lewis, newly orphaned by an auto accident, goes to live with his benign and rather seedy warlock uncle Jonathan. Read full book review >

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THE SPELL OF THE SORCERER'S SKULL by Edward Gorey
Released: Nov. 1, 1984

"A disappointing follow-up, then, but brightly inventive enough (especially in the creepy dollhouse notion) to provide a new chill or twist every few pages."
The third, least compelling adventure for Johnny Dixon—the 1950s boy-hero of The Curse of the Blue Figurine and The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Thumbnail biographies of Hopper's contemporaries appear in the backmatter, as does a bibliography, notes and a list of museums where readers can find Hopper's work. (Biography. 8-12)"
Lovely design combines with extensive research to produce a compact, lucid biography of one of the 20th-century's foremost American painters. Read full book review >

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PRINCE EDWARD by Dennis McFarland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2004

"A near-miss then, though well worth reading."
The growth of a southern white boy's moral consciousness. Read full book review >

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EDWARD VI by Chris Skidmore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Sure-footed and evenhanded."
An impressive debut chronicling the brief life of the young man dubbed "the forgotten prince." Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"Depressing, at times tedious, yet nonetheless compelling, this book bears well the inevitable comparison to one of Hopper's signature tableaus. (100 drawings and photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This sprawling study of his career and marriage sets the great painter of modern bleakness in an important new light but fails to fully illuminate his psyche. Read full book review >