Edward Gorey (1925–2000) was born in Chicago. He studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago, spent three years in the army as a clerk at a site that specialized in the testing of poison gas, and attended Harvard College, where he majored in French literature and roomed with the poet Frank O’Hara. In 1953 Gorey published The Unstrung Harp, the first of his many extraordinary books, which include The Curious Sofa, The Haunted Tea Cosy, and The Epiplectic Bicycle.
In addition to illustrating his own books, Gorey provided drawings to countless books for both children and adults. Of these, New York Review Books has published The Haunted Looking Glass, a collection of Gothic tales that he selected and illustrated; The War of the Worlds, the pioneering work of science fiction by H. G. Wells; Men and Gods, a retelling of ancient Greek myths by Rex Warner; Three Ladies Beside the Sea and He Was There From the Day We Moved In, in collaboration with Rhoda Levine; and The Unrest-Cure and Other Stories, a collection of tales by Saki.
“Weird, but in a good way” is how The Guardian describes Saki’s fantastical stories, set in Edwardian drawing rooms and garden parties. The same words might be used to describe the illustrations Edward Gorey drew for this selection of Saki’s work, originally commissioned by a Swiss publisher, and never before widely available in an English-language edition.
Does the dog want dinner? a lollipop? a stray cat? conversation? No, what the dog wants is—a name! But you can’t just choose any name for a grown-up dog. No, it has to be the right name.
Wickedly funny and delightfully sad, Three Ladies Beside the Sea is a tale of love found, love lost, and love never-ending. Edward Gorey’s off-kilter Edwardian maidens are the perfect accompaniment to opera librettist Rhoda Levine’s lilting rhymes.
Edward Gorey’s drawings complement this modern retelling of some of the most beloved myths of ancient Greece. Men and Gods is wonderful introduction to these thrilling tales for the uninitiated and the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with them.
H. G. Wells’s spellbinding account of an invasion from outer space is the first and still the best of its genre.
The Haunted Looking Glass is the late Edward Gorey’s selection of his favorite tales of ghosts, ghouls, and grisly goings-on.