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"Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer" (Pomegranate). Edited by Peter F. Neumeyer. Available now
Gorey was the Chicago-born creator of exquisite, gasp-worthy books about unsightly creatures, untimely deaths and gloriously abnormal circumstances. In the late 1960s, he collaborated with Neumeyer, an author and scholar, on a handful of children's books. The famously reclusive Gorey and the convivial Neumeyer hit it off, and the consequent exchange of letters opens a new window on Gorey's personality. This sumptuously produced book also includes the envelopes Gorey decorated before mailing -- creating yet another canvas for this unique artist, whose delightfully morbid drawings still grace the opening credits for the PBS TV series "Mystery!"