Born to Be Posthumous: Mark Dery with Jennifer Szalai

Wed. Apr 17, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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The life and times of the grandfather of goth, Edward Gorey. 

From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey’s sly, silly, and sinister books have influenced generations of artists and writers. A deeply complicated and conflicted individual, Gorey was a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious.

In Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward GoreyMark Dery pulls back the shroud on the eccentric genius and his mysterious life, through newly unconvered correspondence and interviews with luminaries such as John Ashbery, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui.

Dery, a cultural critic and essayist, will be joined in conversation by Jennifer Szalai, book critic for The New York Times.


Registration does not guarantee admission. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A stand by line will form thirty minutes before the program.

The Program Room opens at 6 PM.

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

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Mid-Manhattan Library Program Room 476 Fifth Avenue (42nd Street Entrance)
New York, NY 10018