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Edward Gorey's extraordinary and disconcerting books are avidly sought and treasured throughout the world, but until now little has been known about the man himself. While he was notoriously protective of his privacy, Gorey did grant dozens of interviews over the course of his life. And as these conversations demonstrate, he proved to be unfailingly charming, gracious, and fascinating. Here is Gorey in his own words, ruminating on everything from French symbolist poetry to soap operas, from George Balanchine and the unique beauty of ballet to Victorian photographs of dead children. We meet the artist in his ramshackle, book-lined studio in Manhattan and his equally bizarre house on Cape Cod. He describes his legendary upbringing and vast range of influences, as well as how he managed to work amid all his cats. "Ascending Peculiarity" is a rare and wonderful entree into the inner workings of an artistic genius. Includes reproductions of previously unpublished drawings and photographs

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"The work of art that was the man is no longer with us, but we still, thank the Insect God, to whom the especially hapless Millicent Frastley was sacrificed, have his lovely and disturbing little books." -The New York Times Book Review

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