Elephant House: Or, The Home of Edward Gorey
Written by Kevin McDermott
Hardcover smyth-sewn casebound book, with jacket. 128 pages, 70 full-color and black-and-white photographs and 15 reproductions of Edward Gorey's drawings and etchings
Size: 11¼ x 8 in.
Feast your eyes on this intimate photographic tour of Edward Gorey's strange and wonderful house while you are treated to fresh biographical insights and warm reminiscences by a longtime Gorey confidant and photographer, Kevin McDermott.
Relatively few people had the opportunity to visit the enigmatic Edward Gorey in his home, and among those who did, even fewer were permitted to see the entire house. Although Gorey was a kind and openhearted man, he was also a private man, usually preferring the company of his cats to that of his two-legged acquaintances.
As is true for most of us, our environments reveal much about who we are. That is certainly the case with Edward Gorey. His house in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, was filled with his multifarious collections of objects, from books and bottles to finials and rings, stuffed animals and rocks. He arranged his clutter in an order that made sense only to him. McDermott's photographs present Gorey's curious tableaus with tasteful, artistic flair. Includes heretofore unpublished works by Gorey and an introduction by renowned writer John Updike, an ardent Gorey fan.
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!