Edward Gorey near one of the Nadelman sculptures on the promenade at the NY State Theater, 1973. Photograph: Bruce Chernin. Image provided by the Alpern Collection, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.
photo via Paris Review
Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000)
“He was a precocious child. He claimed to have read all the works of Victor Hugo by the age of eight.”
Edward Gorey Love of George Balanchine Part I
Feb 22 – Int’l cat day in Japan .. see Gorey with cat here.
Poet Frank O’Hara and macabre writer and illustrator Edward Gorey were roommates at Harvard in the late ’40s, where they furnished their apartment with garden furniture and a coffee table made from a repurposed tombstone. According to The New Yorker, the pair “established their rooms as (in the words of a home-town friend) the spot to ‘lie down on a chaise lounge, get mellow with a few drinks, and listen to Marlene Dietrich records.’” Pompous and eccentric? Perhaps. But we bet their room was the coolest place on campus.