Last week Dale and I made a trip to the Edward Gorey House Museum in Yarmouthport. We have wanted to go there for a while and I’m so glad we finally made it – it’s a really cool place.
Are you familiar with Edward Gorey? He was an illustrator and writer.
(An early poster for the American Library Association)
He did lots of work for literacy projects and in his later years he fiercely supported animal rights.
(The Gorey House cat weighs 23 lbs!)
He never married and he loved his cats.
(A loop of the various openings to Mystery Theater runs on this tv in Gorey’s living room)
(There is a cemetery for the Gashlycrumb Tinies in Gorey’s backyard)
He is probably most famous for his cartoons in the New Yorker, his opening illustrations for the PBS series Mystery Theater, and (my personal favorite) the Gashlycrumb Tinies alphabet book. His works bordered on the macabre but that’s part of their fascination, I think.
(Dale had fun posing with the Doubtful Guest!)
The museum is small but loaded with lots of Gorey’s illustrations and works and random stuff. A very quirky and rather fascinating place to visit.