Edward Gorey: His Book
Cover Art & Design
“Edward Gorey’s forgotten book cover art will make you happy and afraid.”—The Huffington Post
“This book pays homage to book cover design and to Gorey.”—The Boston Globe
“Fans of Edward Gorey will need, absolutely need, this book in their collection.”—The Motley Stew
The master creator of finely crosshatched illustrations and sinisterly amusing tales, Edward Gorey (American, 1925–2000) got his start in publishing by designing book covers for such New York houses as Doubleday, Grosset & Dunlap, Vintage Books, and later Random House. Today, his prodigious output of hundreds of dust jackets and paperback covers evidences his distinctive flair for design and his extraordinary ability to portray the essence of the books that came his way. Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design
features a broad selection of his work, created from 1953 to 2000.
In his essay, Steven Heller offers an insightful overview of Gorey’s book cover art and design. He writes, “Successful cover design requires the expertise of an artist, typographer, poster designer, and logo maker. Many book design specialists were incapable of designing a cover or jacket with the same Gorey aplomb, even if they tried.”About the AUTHOR
Steven Heller is cochair of the School of Visual Arts MFA Design / Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, has been contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline
, and I.D.
magazines, and has contributed hundreds of articles, critical essays, and columns to a score of other design and culture journals. Heller is a recipient of the 2011 Smithsonian National Design Award.