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Fordham Conversations: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey

David Perlman

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You may not be familiar with the name Edward Gorey, but the work of this 20th century artist and author is legendary.  Gorey lived in New York City in the 1950’s and 1960s where he illustrated works like Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. That book was later turned into the Broadway Musical “Cats,” one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history.

Gorey was also well-known for his animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!  He also won a Tony Award for his designs in the Broadway production of Dracula.  Later, Gorey retired as a “reluctant recluse,” according to Fordham Professor Travis Russ. 

He is the founding member of “The Life Jacket Theatre Company,” which is bringing Gorey’s legendary life to the stage. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Writer/Director Travis Russ and actor Andrew Dawson, who plays one version of the endearing artist in “Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey.”  Listen Here.

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