Edward Gorey's Magical Illustrated Letters

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Whimsical, illustrated letters from lauded gothic artist Edward Gorey to author Peter F. Neumeyer have surfaced in the new book, Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer , which hits stores today. Their correspondence began in 1968 — after the influential illustrator decided he’d like to join forces with the writer to create children’s books — with letters that span about 13 months and amusingly cover a myriad of topics, both personal and work related. Neumeyer has explained why he’s releasing the mesmerizing collection of nearly 200 artifacts: “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.” We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy of this fantastical book, but for now we’re satisfied to preview a few of Gorey’s letters, after the cut.

See more images from Floating Worlds at Brain Pickings.