My friend Rachel happened to write a blog post/travel guide to Cape Cod just about a week before our annual visit. We don’t tend to do very much on the Cape, other than eat (mostly ice cream), sleep, walk, and swim, but as soon as I saw that the Edward Gorey House was only five minutes away from where we’d be, I was set on going. And it was delightfully odd.
I dragged half the family with me and we arrived just as a tour was starting. It was surprisingly well-attended by people of all ages; kids had received little paper handouts where they could check off sightings of the Gashlycrumb Tinies. Here are a few we noticed:
The fireplace in one of the front rooms of the Edward Gorey House is designed to look like the fireplace in The Doubtful Guest. There are also cabinets and shelves full of things Gorey collected, from books to rings to other assorted oddities.
In addition to writing and illustrating many of his own books, Gorey designed covers, illustrations, and endpapers for several other authors, including John Ciardi, Edward Lear, T.S. Eliot, H.G. Wells, and Henry James.
I must find out the context for this quote.
In the backyard of the house, there’s a taller-than-the-average-human metal sculpture of The Doubtful Guest, filled with ivy, complete with scarf and canvas shoes. (Also discovered via Rachel: “How to Tell if You’re in an Edward Gorey Book.” One indicator: “All your sneakers are high-tops. All your coats are fur.”)
The Edward Gorey House is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the area. Before we left, I bought a book of Gorey postcards, which I’ve been sending to friends and family. Let me know if you’d like one!