Wadsworth Atheneum

EDWARD GOREY: HIS BOOK COVER & ART DESIGN

Before the Broadway production of Dracula earned him a Tony, before the PBS series Mystery! brought his humorously unsettling drawings into the spectrum of American homes, and before his now iconic books drew critical acclaim and a dedicated following, Edward Gorey designed book covers in the crowded single room of Doubleday Anchor's art department.

Not yet thirty and recently graduated from Harvard, Gorey initially illustrated paperback covers and dust jackets, establishing a pen-and-ink hand lettered style that would challenge prevailing American publishing standards and help define his publishers' visual identities.

Today, Gorey's 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. 

Details: By Edward Gorey
published 2015, 129 pages, hardcover


 

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