Edward Gorey Message Board
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I don't think I've ever owned one of his books (although I've read and admired several), but I grew up reading a lot of John Bellairs, and many of his books had Gorey covers and/or illustrations.
On side note, I see you have the Lewis Barnavelt series of Bellairs' novels, have you read The Face in the Frost? It's a great combination of scary atmosphere and offbeat humor and not really written for kids.
Granted that, however, I think they do stand up, albeit some more than others. In fact, when I was introduced to Lovecraft a bit later in life, I remember more than once thinking to myself, "You know, I'd like this story a lot more if Bellairs had written it."
I'd really like to start collecting his individual works. I haven't yet because I figured the books would be too tempting for small children. Now, of course, they love him (and no longer have the urge to scribble on books with crayon). Is there a bio out that anyone can recommend?
Judging by the price for a similar edition on ABEbooks, perhaps I ought to have bought the book. :)
Gorey did the cover for my ancient copy of Ibsen's Brand.
For Gorey fans, I'd say Amphigorey Again is a must-have. While it is a bit sad to see unfinished works, it is fun to read them and other previously-unpublished pieces. Plus, there are some classics, too.
Do you know of any authoritative list of Anchor titles for which Gorey did the art and/or typography? I've also seen the gallery at Goreyography, but noticed numerous omissions there. I'm about to explore your list, but wanted to fire off a message first...