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The Awdrey-Gore Legacy

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  169 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Miss D. Awdrey-Gore, renowned 97-year-old writer of detective stories, is found murdered; then a mysterious hidden packet is discovered. Addressed to her publisher, it contains what appear to be notes and drawings related to a literary work in progress. The contents "in their entirety--though certain things are patently missing" comprise clues about the who, what, when, wh ...more
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Published December 31st 1972 by Dodd Mead
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Allan
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, an entertainment from Edward Gorey, first published in 1972 has been republished in a handsome new edition from Pomegranate of San Francisco. The book is “a Mobius Mystery containing Portents, Fragments and significant Objects…” In fact, because of it’s fragmentary nature this new edition could just as easily have been published in a decorative box with cards and lists and various objets trouvés. [return][return]The wit and anagrammatic whimsy of Gorey has never been more ...more
Dan Poblocki
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this might be one of Gorey’s most genius works.
Christopher
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Awdrey-Gore Legacy is classic Gorey, and at first glance appears almost indistinguishable from the rest of Gorey’s oeuvre. What makes this book stand out from the rest of Gorey’s work is that it is like a love letter to formulaic mysteries, replacing the usual sort of plot and sensible conclusion with a big, open sense of the hilarious oddness of the whole “mystery” genre itself.

The “mystery” as a popular genre was originally constructed around stories of intelligent people using logic, reas
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Alison C
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Edward Gorey had an engagingly morbid turn of mind and a lovely way with a pen, both as author and illustrator. He was also amazingly prolific; The Awdrey-Gore Legacy is but one of his 100+ works. In this short illustrated novel (if one may call it that), we first learn that the 97-year-old body of Miss D. Awdrey-Gore, author of mysteries galore, has turned up (murdered!) some 44 years after her disappearance. The only clue, an "oiled-silk
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Laura
Dec 28, 2010 added it
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Edward Gorey is an intriguing cult author-illustrator, as many assume he was an Edwardian Englishman when he was an American prolific during the latter half of the 20th Century. His works are dark, funny, disturbing, and sometimes so strange that you might wonder if the entire thing was an inside joke he failed to let anyone else in on.

The Awdrey-Gore Legacy is incredibly strange. The premise is that an Agatha Christie-like mystery author is found dead years after disappearing (Christie, to whom
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Mike Spinak
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Awdrey Gore Legacy is not exactly a story in the traditional sense, but it plays with mystery story exposition. Along the way, it takes you on a wild tour of possibilities in a world of conventions and tropes. It's filled with fascinating characters, (perhaps) clues, anagrams and wordplay - all lovingly done.

I grew up with The Awdrey Gore Legacy, first poring for hours over the illustrations, then later reading it over and over. The illustrations are superb, and they informed my own drawing
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Wade
The barest of plots introduces this enigmatic little book... a mystery writer mysteriously murdered, and a package of notes and drawings that seem to comprise the authoress' next work. It is left to the reader to determine if and how the writer's death was connected to her work-in-progress, but the sketches, character profiles, and other notes certainly link to the circumstances under which her body was discovered. Not a book for those interested in narrative, but a small delight to those that r ...more
Scrumhalf
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
As much as I love Edward Gorey's artwork, sometimes I just don't love the story. This was one of those times.
Gabbygateway
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I named my cat Awdrey-Gore after reading this in 1994.
Kristy McRae
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love Edward Gorey! What else is there to say?
Jessica
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Gorey books he ever wrote, and a personal favorite. It is a mystery that almost, but not quite, seems like it could actually make sense.
Sam Gilbert
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This exploration of the possibility of closure offers the intelligent reader a remarkable playing field, the likes of which modern literature had not seen since Gorey's previous book.
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Born in Chicago, Gorey came from a colorful family; his parents, Helen Dunham Garvey and Edward Lee Gorey, divorced in 1936 when he was 11, then remarried in 1952 when he was 27. One of his step-mothers was Corinna Mura, a cabaret singer who had a brief role in the classic film Casablanca. His father was briefly a journalist. Gorey's maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. John Garvey, was a popular ...more
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