Columbia University has just received a major collection of the work of illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000). According to the official announcement: “Numbering more than 700 items, the collection includes nearly every edition of every work published by Gorey, in addition to illustrations for dust jackets and magazines, original drawings, etchings, posters and design ephemera.” This extensive collection was donated by Andrew Alpern, an architectural historian and attorney with a special interest in Gorey’s work. Alpern is no stranger to the Columbia Library; he recently donated his collection of antique drawing instruments as well.
Personally, I’m thrilled. Gorey’s work is wonderfully weird, macabre and yet approachable, ostensibly for children and yet not the least bit childish. Gorey translated his style to a remarkable number of media.
The Gorey-created introduction to PBS mystery show Mystery!
Gorey is certainly a welcome addition to Columbia’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library!
Darcy Zacharias, CC ’10