The Betrayed Confidence Revisited: Ten Series of Postcards (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/3/31
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Edward Gorey (American, 1925 2000) was a prolific artist and author, illustrating more than one hundred published works of his own as well as those of other writers. His erudite wit shines in every story and couplet he published. But as a letter writer, with few exceptions, he engaged in only cursory communication. Perhaps this is why he was such a fan of postcards. Featuring Edward Gorey's ever-popular dark humor, The Betrayed Confidence Revisited offers ten of the artist's postcard series, including Neglected Murderesses, as well as his annual creations promoting National Post Card Week. His two Q.R.V. sets are here, along with Whatever Next?, Alms for Oblivion, Sc nes de Ballet, the Dogear Wryde Interpretive Series (reproduced in full color), Menaced Objects, and Trag dies Topiares.
A real visual treat comes in the hand-painted edition of the "Interpretive Series" postcards. Most Gorey enthusiasts would not have seen them all otherwise. The inclusion of the handpainted edition is brilliant. Our reptilian dramatist truly comes alive in Gorey's chromatic palette. The National Post Card Week series is very entertaining, seeming to capture the moment in time they commemorate, and this is the first time I've seen them assembled.
But an unexpected pleasure came near the end, with the two Q.R.V. postcard series "Unwmkd. Imperf.", and "Hikuptah". They appear here in contrast to Gorey's illustrative hand, and I found them surprisingly fresh and satisfying, presented this way. They became intriguing, grounded in Dada and the surrealist traditions that Gorey is said to have embraced. They remind me of parts of the Max Ernst surrealistic graphic novel "Une Semaine De Bonte: A Surrealistic Novel in Collage" (A Week of Kindness), particulary of "Friday: Three Visible Poems".
Now, if we can only figure out how to present Gorey's cut-apart books in one volume...
-- Glen E, [...]