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Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design Hardcover – March 20, 2015
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The master creator of finely crosshatched illustrations and sinisterly amusing tales, Edward Gorey (American, 1925-2000) got his start in publishing by designing book covers for such New York houses as Doubleday, Grosset & Dunlap, Vintage Books, and later Random House. Today, his prodigious output of hundreds of dust jackets and paperback covers evidences his distinctive flair for design and his extraordinary ability to portray the essence of the books that came his way. Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design features a broad selection of his work, created from 1953 to 2000. In his essay, Steven Heller offers an insightful overview of Gorey's book cover art and design. He writes, "Successful cover design requires the expertise of an artist, typographer, poster designer, and logo maker. Many book design specialists were incapable of designing a cover or jacket with the same Gorey aplomb, even if they tried."
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So I hoped Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design would somehow expose the Gorey-est of Gorey covers, that it combine thoughtful analysis and consensus among experts, maybe even Gorey himself, to ferret out 'The One', or Ones. Well, not quite. But book designer Steven Heller, with the help of Doubleday Anchor co-worker C. Joerns and A. Brown of Gotham Book Mart, seems to have insight into why so many of us collect these wonderful literary art pieces, and there's not one that will rise above the rest, that nearly each design is as appealing as the next, for all the right reasons.
Gorey was a master of combining both the illustrative arts with the literary arts, the visual in service to the intellectual. And for the many who chose to see the bound book as precious objects of desire, there is no parallel to holding a classic work, with cover created by Edward Gorey, in your hands.
-- Glen E., Goreyography.com