Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Edward Gorey’s cover for Quake, Quake, Quake: A Leaden Treasury of English Verse by Paul Dehn. My copy is signed, “Optimistically! Paul Dehn Dec. 1961.” Paul Dehn was the life partner of composer James Bernard. Bernard is famous for his scores for Hammer Films. Dehn and Bernard shared the 1952 Academy Award for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story, for the film Seven Days to Noon. Dehn also wrote, with Richard Maibaum, the screenplay for Goldfinger. Dehn and Gorey are a perfect marriage, just like Gorey and Bram Stoker, and just like Gorey and Samuel Beckett.