Elegant Enigmas

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Elegant Enigmas

The Art of Edward Gorey

By Karen Wilkin; Edward Gorey (Illustrator); James H. Duff (Foreword by)

Pomegranate Communications, Hardcover, 9780764948046, 123pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

The delightful tales and theatrical drawings of Edward Gorey (American, 19252000) reflect a special kind of genius for what is left unwritten and unseen. In Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, more than 175 reproductions include samples from Goreys books, illustrations produced for other writers, theatrical sets and costume designs, and a wealth of individual pieces, many never before published. Sketches, typewritten manuscripts, doodles, and musings join the generous selection of finished works.

About the Author
Karen Wilkin is a New York based critic and curator, specializing in 20th century modernism. She has organized exhibitions and written books on Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, David Smith, and Anthony Caro among others. Ms. Wilkin writes regularly for "The New Criterion, Art in ""America,"" ""Hudson"" Review" and "the Wall Street Journal."
John Yau has published more than thirty books of poetry, fiction and criticism, and has contributed essays to monographs on Richard Pousette-Dart, Helmut Federle, Morris Graves, Brice Marden, Pat Steir, and Hiroshi Sugimoto. He teaches at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). Both a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters and a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry (2006-7), he is currently working on a book on Jasper Johns.

Edward Gorey (1925 2000) is famous for the bounty of books he wrote

and illustrated, filling more than one hundred works with his unique

humor and distinctly crosshatched characters.