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From The Unstrung Harp (1953)

The Published Works of Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey was both author and illustrator of approximately 100 books, beginning with The Unstrung Harp, published in 1953, and including such well-known titles as The Doubtful GuestThe Curious Sofa, and The Gashlycrumb Tinies. Between 1972 and 2006, many of these books, together with various pieces he created for periodicals and other ephemera, were anthologized in the four-part Amphigorey series, which has served as an introduction to his works for many of his admirers. Along with his own books, Gorey illustrated more than 50 works authored by other prominent writers, from T. S. Eliot (Mr. Possum’s Book of Practical Cats) to Muriel Spark (A Very Fine Clock). Gorey also designed, hand-lettered, and illustrated hundreds of additional book covers for a variety of authors and publishers throughout his career.

Please check back here soon for an illustrated online checklist of Edward Gorey’s primary works. In the meantime, a chronological short-title bibliography may be found HERE at the Edward Gorey House web site.

The Edward Gorey Archives

In 2019, the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust began the long task of developing a working archive of Edward Gorey’s art, manuscripts, correspondence, and other papers in its care. Since that time, a digital collection of more than 3500 images of Edward Gorey’s original art and lettering for books and ephemera has been developed and continues to grow. By the 2025 centennial anniversary of Edward Gorey’s birth, this collection will serve as a fully functioning digital archive and interactive online image library. In the meantime, the Trust is organizing its collection for in-person use by publishers, collectors, and scholars.

The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust is currently acquiring and seeking original art and correspondence of Edward Gorey, as well as high-quality digital images of such materials in private and institutional collections. If you or someone you know would be interested in providing materials for the archive, please contact us.