Edward Gorey is an artist who needs no introduction. His illustrations have graced countless books, including his own, seasoning them with his peculiar style. That said, I had never heard of the Edward Gorey Museum in Yarmouth, Cape Cod until my brother happened to mention it during a visit. Naturally, I had to check it out.
Originally known as “The Elephant House,” Gorey’s former home boasts an impressive number of artifacts, all reflecting his wry eccentricity and somewhat morbid aesthete. The knickknacks he was so fond of collecting playfully clutter much of the space, all but devouring the kitchen it its entirety (which was Gorey’s own handiwork–he preferred to eat out). Complete versions of a few of the books he published through his own Fantod Press are available for perusal, and there are plenty of his excellent illustrations on display throughout the house. Patrons are even offered a scavenger hunt for representations of the ill-fated children who appeared in his best known work, The Gashlycrumb Tinies.
The tour guide was very friendly and a genuine fan, more than happy to expound on the objects and art on display or Gorey’s personal history.
Even with some rearranging of its contents, the house feels like the artist through and through. And Edward Gorey is always a good time.