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  • Born to Be Posthumous

  • The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey
  • By: Mark Dery
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense. From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes - but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose?

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  • More a disappointing editorial than a biography

  • By Tim Guy on 01-04-19

More a disappointing editorial than a biography

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Reviewed: 01-04-19

Two things seem to sidetrack the author from what should have been a great read. 1) Mr. Dery is pretty obsessed with proving that Gorey was actually gay, in spite of what Gorey said himself on the matter. Sure it's fine to muse for a moment on whether Gorey was actually keeping some aspect of himself private but Dery brings it up over and over and over again. Where was the editor? 2) In an attempt to avenge the gay culture for being mistreated for many years, Mr. Dery wields his own bigotry, venom and stereotyping against various swaths of people including the working and middle class, traditionalists, anti-communists, families, Christians and others in the mainstream culture. All of this is a real bummer in that there's no doubt that Mr. Dery spent a great deal of time researching his subject but in the end has produced a product that just belittles the existence of many of those eager to enjoy it. Wish I could get my money back so spend it on a future better bio of Gorey.

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