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He wrote it all down Zealously: Edward Gorey’s Interesting Lists
April 9 EDT$2 – $8
The Edward Gorey House opens its 2020 season on Thursday, April 9.
In his lifetime, Edward Gorey published about 116 self-authored works. Some of them, like The Doubtful Guest and The Gashlycrumb Tinies, are iconic. Some have small cult followings, and some are obscure rarities sought by collectors.
All of these books are a small part of his vast body of unpublished works spilling across dozens of notebooks, stuffed into file folders or neatly three-hole punched into binders. These previously unseen and unpublished works, now available to the House by the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust in New York, make up this year’s exhibit: He wrote it all down Zealously.
The exhibit provides both typed-out finished texts that Gorey never got around to illustrating, as well as spontaneous notebook epiphanies that captured the first flush of an idea — the 10% inspiration before the 90% perspiration that followed. Viewed together, they create a parallel universe of familiar Gorey types: misadventurous adults, doomed children, shaman-like animals, curious elixirs and mysteriously-animated inanimate objects. These are laced throughout Gorey’s dozens of notebooks with various whimseys, false starts, outlines, deadlines, costumes, sets, book lists, film lists, lists of lists, appointments, epiphanies and other marginalia. In short, they are a typical lunch conversation one might have had with Edward Gorey at Jack’s Outback (admittedly one-sided and without lunch).
2020 hours for the Edward Gorey House are as follows:
April 9 to June 28: Thu/Fri/Sat: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun: 12-4 p.m.
July 1 to Oct 11: Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun: 12-4 p.m.
Oct 16 to Dec 27: Fri/Sat: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun: 12-4 p.m.
House Admission: Adults: $8.00; Students, Teachers & Seniors: (65+): $5.00,
Children 6-12 years old: $2.00; Children under 6: free.