From the library of Graham Greene – a Gorey Halloween!

A page from the pop-up book The Dwindling Party by Edward Gorey, published by Heinemann, 1982. This book is part of Graham Greene's personal library, now owned by the Burns Library.

A page from the pop-up book The Dwindling Party by Edward Gorey, published by Heinemann, 1982. This book is part of Graham Greene’s personal library, now owned by the Burns Library, PS3557 .O753 D9 1982 Greene’s Library Oversize.

Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), artist, ballet fan, and Tony Award-winning costume designer, is well known for creating the animated title sequence of  PBS’s Mystery, but Gorey is also the author and illustrator of over 100 beloved, humorous, and sometimes macabre books.    The library of English author, playwright and literary critic Graham Greene (1904-1991), now owned by the John J. Burns Library, contains fourteen of Gorey’s works, including Why we have Day and Night, Dancing Cats and Neglected Murderesses, and the pop-up book The Dwindling Party, as well as boxed sets such as The Vinegar Works: Three Volumes of Moral Instruction and An Ominous Gathering, and three of Gorey’s omnibus editions, Amphigorey, Amphigorey Too, and Amphigorey Also.

Pictured here is another work of Gorey's, also part of Graham Greene's personal library.

Pictured here is another work of Gorey’s, also part of Graham Greene’s personal library, PS3557 .O753 V52 1972 Greene’s Library.

The Burns Library invites one and all to visit, and take a peek into the world of Edward Gorey. These books are always available to researchers, but in honor of Halloween, they are now awaiting your use in our Reading Room until November 6th, 2010.  Please bring a photo ID when you visit so that you can fill out our Researcher Registration Form.  The John J. Burns Library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-8pm and Saturday 10am-2pm, closed Sundays and holidays.  Please check our hours on the Boston College Libraries website for more information.   If you have any questions or would like more information, please call the Burns Library Reading Room at 617-552-4861 or e-mail us at burnsref@bc.edu. We hope to see you in the Reading Room soon!

  • Shelley Barber, Library/Archives Assistant, Burns Library

About John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at Boston College

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.
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