Monday, January 3, 2011

Top 10 Pieces of Gorey Art

As we close in on the tenth anniversary of Bellairsia, we’re using our wuggly-umpish Twitter feed to share some memorable moments and creative commentary in the form of Top Ten lists.

We celebrated some of our favorite illustrations a few rounds ago but left off the work of Edward Gorey for a reason. Gorey’s artwork helped define the books by John Bellairs, with distinct and memorable dust jacket covers revealing the contents of a shadowy attic room, of statues lit only by lightning, or of strangely-shaped markers in a graveyard.

Since we’re celebrating Gorey’s best contributions to the series this month, we thought we’d enlist the input of Irwin Terry, the man behind the Goreyana blog, to help us along on the tour. Terry’s blog highlights his Edward Gorey collection – books, ephemera, and original artwork – and features a handful of pieces for the Bellairs series (dust jackets, frontispieces, and other illustrations).

With illustrations from 21 books covering a period of over a quarter century, there’s a lot of to chose from and we think Irwin’s done a great job covering all bases. In addition to his top ten favorite pieces, he’s twitterfied his reasons for his rankings, too.  Feel free to agree or disagree with his findings at our forum.

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

preschool said...

Happened upon your blog by surfing, I believe that I have read every book John wrote, and then the ones that Brad authored. John was one of my favorites, and as a children's librarian, I have suggested his books to many children over the years.