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The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense. From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books... more...


From the preface by SF legend Bruce Sterling: "Dery...brandishes a Diogenes lantern as the the smoke thickens on every side. ... Beset with Google erudition, [these essays] tackle a dizzying set of topics--even within the essays, within the very sentences, there are dizzying arrays of topics. ... He's very good at going into areas of culture you wouldn't care to visit yourself, and performing autopsies. He assesses... more...

Leading us through millennial America, from mainstream culture to the pop underground, the author delivers his thesis--that phenomena such as Disney, Nike, and teenage tribalism, are expressions of a broad-based social anxiety and that the reasons for the anxiety are both real and imagined.