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A Very Gorey Evening with Mark Dery

March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening with Mark Dery as he leads us through an entertaining look at the life of Edward Gorey. Starting at 5:30, we will host a wine and cheese reception attended by the author. At 6:30 Mr. Dery will begin his lecture titled: Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense (full description below). A Q and A will follow. Copies of Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey will be available for sale at the event, provided by Titcombs Books.

Admission is $10 per person. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets in advance! Call the library at 508-362-6636 or purchase at the Circulation Desk.

Nursery Crimes: Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense
Critics never quite knew what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose darkly droll tales of murder, mayhem, and discreet depravity have influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and Guillermo Del Toro, among others. His use of nonsense verse and the picture-book format, his mock-moralistic tone, and his densely crosshatched pen-and-ink style, reminiscent of 19th-century engravings, have led more than a few readers to mistake his books for Victorian children’s literature. Yet the camp-macabre wit and disquieting subject matter of titles like  The Loathsome Couple (inspired by the true-crime exploits of a pair of child-killers) and  The Gashlycrumb Tinies (an ABC book that reels off the deaths of 26 little dears in rhyming couplets) make it clear that Gorey’s books are the stuff of nursery nightmares. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery, author of  Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey,  reveals the surprisingly serious themes woven through his oeuvre: death, sexuality, the human condition, the meaning (or meaninglessness?) of life. As well, he explores the obscure influences—and Freudian shadows—haunting Gorey’s whimsically sinister body of work.


March 19
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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