This one, alas, is not from my personal library or art-covered walls. But it's too great not to share. It's Edward Gorey's cover illustration for the Doubleday Anchor edition of The Wanderer (original French title Le Grand Meaulnes) by Alain-Fournier.
The image is part of a recent article by Huffington Post's Claire Fallon — "Edward Gorey's Forgotten Book Cover Art Will Make You Happy And Afraid." You should check it out to see all the wonderful covers.
A much wider variety of covers are collected in Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art and Design, which was published this year and features an introductory essay by Steven Heller.
Fallon writes on HuffPost:
"Heller notes the clear influence of 19th century cartoons and classical drawing in Gorey’s cover art — the jaunty, loose-limbed figures and pen-and-ink detailing — but his use of space typically lends the antiquated style a different aura. A small figure, dwarfed by a barren landscape in a few, flat colors, signals an ominous isolation that is pure Gorey."
Randomly, here are a few other great links I've come across this week:
- ProPublica and NPR: How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Homes
- Bloomberg Business: Who’s Murdering Thousands of Chickens in South Carolina?
- Science: Who's Afraid of Peer Review? A spoof paper concocted by Science reveals little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.
- Smithsonian: Instead of Being Swallowed by a Mine, This Arctic Town is Moving
- CityLab: An Imaginary City, 50 Years in the Mapping