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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Elegant Enigmas by Karen Wilkin

Elegant Enigmas: the art of Edward Gorey by Karen Wilkin. San Francisco: Pomegranate, 2009.

This is a book for avowed Edward Gorey fans. If you're not one of those, or worse yet, if you've never heard of the guy, don't read THIS book, go read some of Edward Gorey's own books.

This book is essentially the exhibition catalog for an exhibition of original drawings by Gorey which was apparently held at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. For the Gorey aficionado, it provides a rare glimpse of some of his preliminary sketches, and other previously unreleased materials, such as some wonderful illustrated envelopes Gorey created and mailed to his mother while attending Harvard.

There are also bits and pieces from many of his books, but not enough to give more than the flavor. These are rewarding for those already familiar with most of the books, but the newbie won't get but a taste.

Highly recommended for all Gorey fans.

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