The Betrayed Confidence Revisited: Ten Series of Postcards
Edward Gorey (American, 1925–2000) was a prolific artist and author, illustrating more than one hundred published works of his own as well as those of other writers. His erudite wit shines in every story and couplet he published. But as a letter writer, with few exceptions, he engaged in only cursory communication. Perhaps this is why he was such a fan of postcards.
Featuring Edward Gorey’s ever-popular dark humor, The Betrayed Confidence Revisited offers ten of the artist’s postcard series, including Neglected Murderesses, as well as his annual creations promoting National Post Card Week. His two Q.R.V. sets are here, along with Whatever Next?, Alms for Oblivion, Scènes de Ballet, the Dogear Wryde Interpretive Series (reproduced in full color), Menaced Objects, and Tragédies Topiares.
The original edition of The Betrayed Confidence was published in 1992 and is long out of print. This revised edition supplements the contents of that book with three series not previously included, along with an introductory essay by Edward Bradford, the official Edward Gorey bibliographer.
A must for Gorey collectors, The Betrayed Confidence Revisited is also an illuminating collection for discovering the breadth of content explored by Gorey, all tinged with his unmistakable and sometimes-elusive droll perspective.
About the Artist
Edward St. John Gorey was a Harvard grad, a brilliant artist, a celebrated set and costume designer (his costumes for a Broadway production of Dracula earned him a Tony Award), a lover of animals (particularly cats) and the arts (he seldom missed a performance of the New York City Ballet), and an avid deltiologist—an obscure word so Gorey—like you might think he invented it himself (it means “a collector of postcards”). His humorously unsettling drawings of vaguely Victorian innocents often facing unfortunate ends became familiar to a wide audience after appearing in the opening credits of the PBS television series Mystery!
About the Author
Edward Bradford, a retired librarian, is the official bibliographer of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. He began collecting Edward Gorey’s work in 1964 after being introduced to The Vinegar Works by a co-worker at the Queens Borough (NY) Public Library. Since then he has amassed a collection of several thousand items. Bradford is the author of F is for Fantods, a bibliographic checklist of Gorey’s Fantod Press, issued by the Edward Gorey House in 2008, and has written about Gorey’s movable books in 2010 for the Movable Book Society. He first wrote about Gorey’s postcards in 2012 for the London magazine Illustration.