The Posthumous Genius of Edward Gorey

Regular readers will remember the midsummer contruction of doleful stuffed animals modelled after the toy carried by the infant Augustus in Edward Gorey’s The Other Statue. The memorious will possibly recall the international dissemimation of the pattern and the construction of the first Twisbaeus Heidelbergensis. Even at this early stage, we noted the slightly disturbing ability of these imaginary quadrapeds to suggest in the morning that they’d been moving about in the night, having doleful, insomniac consultations in the dark hours before dawn.
Carried away by our profound affection for my godfather (who arrived in a shower of celadon pottery and handmade shirts to stay last week , in the course of which time he also cleaned just about every bit of silver in the house) we have constructed another Twisby to be sent to him in Malaya. Lighter grey than the others, with a more dog-like snout, it is still a desperately unhappy soft toy. (Little Petra who was staying a little while reacted with the unreadable exactitude of the two-year old to the first Twisbaeus Twisbaeus, said “Poor Twisby” and then threw it across the room.) The new Twisby looks more anxious than actually suicidal, and its eyes (which were embroidered on in black thread but a few hours ago) already have an expression of settled despair. We set the two Twisbys side by side and at once it became apparent that we had interrupted them in the course of a perfectly atrocious family quarrel — a proper quarrel involving wills and religion as the points of departure from which things then proceeded to the saying and emphasising of unforgivable things. I salute the late Mr Gorey’s absolute genius — even at all these removes there is a sense of menace and of underlying, horrible melancholy attending these simulacra of his drawings.

One Response to “The Posthumous Genius of Edward Gorey”

  1. jpb Says:

    So can we see the Twisbies?

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