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Floating Worlds

Summary Floating Worlds

Deft artistic hand is evident on the decorated envelopes addressed to Neumeyer 38 of which are reproduced hereDuring the time of their correspondence Peter Neumeyer was teaching at Harvard University and at SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island His acumen and compassion expressed in his discerning often provocative missives reveal him to be an ideal creative and intellectual ally for GoreyMore than anything else Floating Worlds is the moving memoir of an extraordinary friendship Gorey wrote that he felt they were part of the same family and I dont mean just metaphorically I guess that even than I think of you as a frie. I was a little leery at first about just reading letters between two people I wasn't sure how interesting it would be as I've never read a book like this before but I really found myself engaged and enchanted by the collection hereThe topics varied from work and day to day life books movies and philosophy but I found that even simplest letter could give a fascinating insights into these author 19s lives and their shared world For me these letters and little drawings and doodles give much insight into who the authors are than any deliberately written biography and I found myself going back and skimming and rereading some of them randomly when I have a few extra moments and want something to read but not get fully engaged inThe physical uality of this book is amazing the paper is thick and glossy the cover and binding are top notch as well and I loved the layout between the letters envelopes and drawings it has an organic and whimsical feel to it This is my first Pomegranate book and I doubt it will be my last if this is the level of overall uality I can expect from them

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Edward Gorey and Peter Neumeyer met in the summer of 1968 Gorey had been contracted by Addison Wesley to illustrate Donald and the a childrens story written by Neumeyer On their first encounter Neumeyer managed to dislocate Goreys shoulder when he grabbed his arm to keep him from falling into the ocean In a hospital waiting room they pored over Goreys drawings for the first time together and Gorey infused the situation with much hilarity This was the beginning of an invigorating friendship fueled by a wealth of letters and postcards that sped between the two men through the fall of 1969Those letters published her. A 35 at first it was hard to read since these are letters and then I got into the character of Edward Gorey a strange and wonderful artist He and Peter Neumeyer's friendship last only a little over 2 years but during that time it was very intense P Neumeyer doesn't go into what happened but at some point apparently Gorey just dropped out of the friendship I met Neumeyer at the party he had for the publication of this book and saw 2 of his books illustrated by Gorey which are uite wonderful 14 Sai (14æ­³, in the summer of 1968 Gorey had been contracted by Addison Wesley to Driving Honda illustrate Donald and the a childrens story written by Neumeyer On their first encounter Neumeyer managed to dislocate Goreys shoulder when he grabbed his arm to keep him from falling Cats And Dogs into the ocean In a hospital waiting room they pored over Goreys drawings for the first time together and Gorey Carlitos Way infused the situation with much hilarity This was the beginning of an Pray! Pray! Pray! invigorating friendship fueled by a wealth of letters and postcards that sped between the two men through the fall of 1969Those letters published her. A 35 at first Killer Cat it was hard to read since these are letters and then I got 14 Sai (14æ­³, into the character of Edward Gorey a strange and wonderful artist He and Peter Neumeyer's friendship last only a little over 2 years but during that time Public Speaking it was very False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, intense P Neumeyer doesn't go A Forfeit Owed (Eldritch Legacy, into what happened but at some point apparently Gorey just dropped out of the friendship I met Neumeyer at the party he had for the publication of this book and saw 2 of his books The Book of Hebrews illustrated by Gorey which are uite wonderful

Edward Gorey È 7 Summary

E for the first time are remarkable in their uantity and their content While the creative collaborations of Gorey and Neumeyer centered on illustrated books they held wide ranging interests; both were erudite voracious readers and they sent each other many volumes Reading their discussions of these books one marvels at the beauty of thoughtful and merry discourse driven by intellectual curiosityThe letters also paint an intimate portrait of Edward Gorey a man often mischaracterized as macabre or even ghoulish His gentleness humility and brilliance interwoven with his distinctive humor shine in these letters; his. For those of us deeply interested in Edward Gorey artist and writer this is a book that can be savoured It collects 75 typewriter transcribed letters 38 stunningly illustrated envelopes and than 60 postcards and illustrations that were exchanged between Gorey and author and editor Peter F Neumeyer from September 1968 and October 1969 as they collaborated on three children's books Topics discussed include their collaborative process metaphysics movies and books and pancake recipes and Japanese art It's a good place to find Gorey's own words and a little on his drawing process The illustrations are great I did read it very slowlyGreat review by Maria Popova SEP 16 2011 for The AtlantichttpswwwtheatlanticcomentertainPopova Eually fascinating is the unlikely story of how Gorey and Neumeyer met in the first place a story involving a hospital waiting room a watercolor of a housefly and a one and a half inch scrap of paper with a dot and the affectionate friendship into which it unfoldedThere's a remarkable hue to Gorey's writing a kind of thinking big thoughts without taking oneself too seriously uality In September of 1968 in what he jokingly termed E Gorey's Great Simple Theory About Art She uotes Gorey This is the theory that anything that is art is presumably about some certain thing but is really always about something else and it's no good having one without the other because if you just have the something it is boring and if you just have the something else it's irritatingand Neumeyer In light of his body of work and because of the interest that his private person has aroused I feel strongly that these letters should not be lost to posterity I still read in them Ted's wisdom charm and affection and a profound personal integrity that deserves to be in the record As for my own letters to Ted I had no idea that he had kept them until one day a couple of years ago when a co trustee of his estate Andras Brown sent me a package of photocopies of my half of the correspondence I am very grateful for that


10 thoughts on “Floating Worlds

  1. says:

    Edward Gorey the illustrator famous for his finely detailed macabre drawings and poemtales of pampered pompous adults and fragile oppressed children formed a relationship in the late 1960s with Peter Neumeyer an academic and author The two were paired by a publisher for a series of childrens' books Neumeyer would write the text and Gorey pen the illustrations They worked separately and corresponded primarily via letters although they occasionally visited one another's home This three year series of those letters reveals two erudite smart and witty men trading book recommendations movie reviews and the many travails of getting their books completed and approved by their troublesome erratic publisher There's a lot of borderline tedium in these letters as well as you might expect but they still make an entertaining read Of most interest is the physical nature of this book very lavish with heavy coated page stock and the entertaining whimsical illustrations Gorey draws on the envelopes that accompany his missives to Neumeyer


  2. says:

    A 35 at first it was hard to read since these are letters and then I got into the character of Edward Gorey a strange and wonderful artist He and Peter Neumeyer's friendship last only a little over 2 years but during that time it was very intense P Neumeyer doesn't go into what happened but at some point apparently Gorey just dropped out of the friendship I met Neumeyer at the party he had for the publication of this book and saw 2 of his books illustrated by Gorey which are uite wonderful


  3. says:

    oh oh my look how wonderful this will be


  4. says:

    The best non fiction book on Gorey I've read


  5. says:

    For those of us deeply interested in Edward Gorey artist and writer this is a book that can be savoured It collects 75 typewriter transcribed letters 38 stunningly illustrated envelopes and than 60 postcards and illustrations that were exchanged between Gorey and author and editor Peter F Neumeyer from September 1968 and October 1969 as they collaborated on three children's books Topics discussed include their collaborative process metaphysics movies and books and pancake recipes and Japanese art It's a good place to find Gorey's own words and a little on his drawing process The illustrations are great I did read it very slowlyGreat review by Maria Popova SEP 16 2011 for The AtlantichttpswwwtheatlanticcomentertainPopova Eually fascinating is the unlikely story of how Gorey and Neumeyer met in the first place a story involving a hospital waiting room a watercolor of a housefly and a one and a half inch scrap of paper with a dot and the affectionate friendship into which it unfoldedThere's a remarkable hue to Gorey's writing a kind of thinking big thoughts without taking oneself too seriously uality In September of 1968 in what he jokingly termed E Gorey's Great Simple Theory About Art She uotes Gorey This is the theory that anything that is art is presumably about some certain thing but is really always about something else and it's no good having one without the other because if you just have the something it is boring and if you just have the something else it's irritatingand Neumeyer In light of his body of work and because of the interest that his private person has aroused I feel strongly that these letters should not be lost to posterity I still read in them Ted's wisdom charm and affection and a profound personal integrity that deserves to be in the record As for my own letters to Ted I had no idea that he had kept them until one day a couple of years ago when a co trustee of his estate Andras Brown sent me a package of photocopies of my half of the correspondence I am very grateful for that


  6. says:

    As excited as I always am to receive free books through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program I am ecstatic when I am lucky enough to snag whatever is newest from Pomegranate Books especially when those books are Edward Gorey writtenillustrated I was particularly happy to have won a copy of Floating Worlds The Letters of Edward Gorey Peter F NeumeyerThis book offers a privileged glimpse into both the writing and illustrating process and the personal relationship between two extremely witty men who hold each other in the highest esteem I enjoyed reading about their collaborative work in creating the Donald books and learning how much each influenced the other's parts in the projects The juxtaposition of their whimsical ideas words and drawings with the humdrum realities of their everyday lives is captivating and comforting I was glad to have the inclusion of facsimiles of a few of the wonderfully rambling letters and postcards especially the fabulous envelopes that Gorey illustrated before mailing off to his friend And the stoej gnpf that hybrid creature on the front cover that Gorey decided was part himself and part his friend and became a secret symbol between them of their like mindedness and collaborative magic But how does one review the personal correspondence between two friends who just happen to be writers and artists? One doesn't I have been merely eavesdropping but the things I overheard were fascinating I only wonder why they ever stopped Thank you so much Mr Neumeyer for sharing these letters with the rest of us


  7. says:

    I was a little leery at first about just reading letters between two people I wasn't sure how interesting it would be as I've never read a book like this before but I really found myself engaged and enchanted by the collection hereThe topics varied from work and day to day life books movies and philosophy but I found that even simplest letter could give a fascinating insights into these author 19s lives and their shared world For me these letters and little drawings and doodles give much insight into who the authors are than any deliberately written biography and I found myself going back and skimming and rereading some of them randomly when I have a few extra moments and want something to read but not get fully engaged inThe physical uality of this book is amazing the paper is thick and glossy the cover and binding are top notch as well and I loved the layout between the letters envelopes and drawings it has an organic and whimsical feel to it This is my first Pomegranate book and I doubt it will be my last if this is the level of overall uality I can expect from them


  8. says:

    This book has a wonderful spirit about it It's correspondence between a writer and illustrator Peter Neumeyer and Edward Gorey I found it very interesting to research the artists and writers mentioned and to think about their influence I am so glad to know about Edward Gorey and am so glad to see a little of how his mind worked Very uplifting book


  9. says:

    I did not enjoy this book It gives insight into Gorey but I think I would rather just read a biography His self deprecation grew repetitive He talked at length about authors literature and films I've never even heard of though I enjoyed his review of Yellow Submarine I paid close attention to the discussion of his work and his work with Neumeyer on their collaborative projects but I skimmed or skipped much of the restI was disappointed that Neumeyer didn't say why the correspondence ended or indeed whether their friendship ended with it I'm guessing their correspondence ended when their mutual projects petered out and that Gorey's depression had something to do with it but a paragraph of explanation would have given closure Or maybe the dreary open endedness was a nod to Gorey's own stories


  10. says:

    A really great look at a collaboration between two like minds The back and forth correspondence between Neumeyer and Gorey was sometimes delightful sometimes dull sometimes bitchy but mostly illuminating and I think a far better look into Edward Gorey's inner workings than the various biographies that have been attempted With Neumeyer he allowed some of his reserve to fall away and you really get a pretty good sense of what interested him what moved him what his insecurities were and what his strengths of personality were And of course the inclusion of images of the hand illustrated envelopes was an utterly satisfying element that makes the book so much richer I wanted of this and perhaps illustrations and Neumeyer's writing


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