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Renowned illustrator, author and book artist, Edward Gorey is also known for his costume and set designs (winning a Tony Award for his production of Dracula), and is famous as the creator of the animated intro to PBS Mystery! seen in American living rooms every Sunday night for over 30 years. In his lifetime, Edward Gorey published 116 self-authored works. Some are iconic such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies and The Doubtful Guest, and some have the smallest of cult followings. Together, all of these works are an iceberg tip to a vast body of unpublished material filling dozens of notebooks, stuffed into file folders, or neatly three-hole punched into binders. It’s a handful of these unpublished works andalmost works that make up this year’s exhibit
He wrote it all down Zealously.
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Past Exhibitions

Hippity WippityHippity Wippity

Edward Gorey and the Language of Nonsenseexplores Gorey’s embrace of this genre. Nonsense is a genre? Yes it is—and a very challenging one that revels in breaking down any expected narratives and structures, that lobotomizes language, that confuses with inexplicable storylines and thrusts the reader into an active participation.

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Murder He Wrote Murder He Wrote

Murder He Wrote reveals Gorey's strange world of suspicious characters, red herrings, and inconclusive revelations. It is a crosshatched black and white world of both rigid social class and brutal anarchy where nothing much happens until it does. It is, in fact, a world very much like its author: brimming with false clues and mystery.

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Edward Gorey’s Cabinet of Curiosities Edward Gorey’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Our 2017 exhibit Edward Gorey’s Cabinet of Curiosities showcased some of the objects, artwork and oddities that Edward filled his House with—all in the form of a Wunderkammer—the 15th Century precursor to our modern-day museum.

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Edward Gorey's Artifacts from the Archives Artifacts from the Archives

As the title suggests, a trove of never-seen and rarely-seen artwork produced by writer/illustrator Edward Gorey. Artifacts from the Archives offers an eclectic and pleasantly inexplicable menagerie of characters, creatures and landscapes in ink, paper, ceramic, and leather, which have—until now—languished in obscurity.

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Edward Gorey's Aesop From Aesop to Updike, Edward Gorey's Book Cover Art

Our 2015 Exhibit From Aesop to Updike, Edward Gorey's Book Cover Art featured both first editions and original art, five decades of Edward Gorey's commercial assignments. Intriguing, distinguishable, elegant and a little off. A remarkable additional body of work from an artist already known for his remarkable body of work.

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F is for Fantod F is for Fantods

Edward Gorey's F is for FantodsThe Fantod Press published such illustrious writers and illustrators as Ogdred Weary, Mrs Regera Dowdy, Eduard Blutig, O. Müde, Raddory Gewe, Edward Pig, Garrod Weedy, Awdrey-Gore, and someone named Om. All of them have one very important thing in common. All were Edward Gorey. ... Click to Read On >>

Edward Gorey Vinegar Works Edward Gorey's Vinegar Works

Edward Gorey's Vinegar WorksPublished in 1963 as a slip cased collection of three books intended to instruct, appall and amuse, The Vinegar Works, Three Volumes of Moral Instruction by Edward Gorey celebrates its golden anniversary this year. A special exhibition of artwork from the three volumes, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Insect God, and The West Wing, will be on display at The Edward Gorey House beginning April 18, 2013 and continuing ... Click to Read On >>

Edward Gorey Envelope Art Edward Gorey's Envelope Art

Edward Gorey's Envelope Art The book "Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer" and our new exhibit "Envelope Art of Edward Gorey" provides a rare glimpse into this unusual collaboration. This exhibit also includes many other illustrated and colored envelopes, to family and friends from the 1940’s to the 1970’s.

Edward Gorey and the Performing Arts Edward Gorey and the Performing Arts

Edward Gorey and the Performing Arts exhibit featured a wide-range of Edward Gorey's works for the performing arts, including work he did at Harvard, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet, his 'entertainments' on Cape Cod, and many more..

Artful Associations: Edward Gorey Illustrates Famous Authors "Artful Associations: Edward Gorey Illustrates Famous Authors"

Edward Gorey Illustrates Famous Authors the exhibit featured a wide-range of Edward Gorey's works for other authors, including Hillaire Belloc, Florence Heide, Edward Lear, T.S. Eliot, John Updike, Muriel Sparks, and many more. This exhibit showcased original pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings and watercolors. Many works in the exhibit are unpublished; some are on loan from private collections and have never before been on public display, creating a special opportunity for even the most serious Gorey fans and collectors to see works exhibited for the first time.

Gorey's Creatures ~ Real and Imagined "Gorey's Creatures ~ Real and Imagined"

Gorey's Creatures ~ Real and Imagined the exhibit featured a wide-range of animals and creatures from Gorey's ever popular cats and bats, to bugs and slugs, and the imaginary characters Figbash and Skrump.

This exhibit showcased original pencil sketches, pen and ink drawings and watercolors, along with some of Gorey's hand-sewn stuffed creatures.

Many works in the exhibit are unpublished; some are on loan from private collections and have never before been on public display, creating a special opportunity for even the most serious Gorey fans and collectors to see works exhibited for the first time.

Cool it with Books "Cool it with Books"

Cool it with Books the exhibit Celebrated Edward Gorey's Children's Books. The exhibit showed many of Gorey's original pen and ink, watercolor, and preliminary pencil illustrations for children's books of his own creation, and for other noted children's authors including Peter Neumeyer, Florence Parry Heide, Edward Lear, Hilaire Belloc, T. S. Eliot, and others. Special books such as Gorey's only pop-up book, The Dwindling Party and the three-dimensional accordian book The Tunnel Calamity were highlighted. A unique focus of the exhibit was early drawings and illustrations by Gorey from his childhood years. Click here to read the press release in PDF format.

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In the Fall of 2019 the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust allowed the House to borrow several boxes of Gorey’s notebooks, journals, folders, and binders of material for use in this year’s exhibit. In pouring over the contents (a nice way to spend a winter) of what would become our 2020 exhibit He wrote it all down Zealously, it quickly became apparent that the List was a defining component. A curator’s lament: the amount of material was overwhelming—and the handwriting challenging—and so the final assembly, whittled down to fit in the House’s galleries, was selected for variety and some semblance of narrative flow.

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Gorey Etchings

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