If ever a case is made for viewing creative endeavor as the manifestation of narcissism objectified, then surely the work of Edward Saint John Gorey must provide one of its most persuasive examples. Tirelessly inventive with the anagrammatic and other fanciful possibilities of his own name, Gorey has, over the years, published his curiously compelling works of morbose graphic humor as Ogdred Weary, Mrs. Regera Dowdy, Dreary Wodge, Madame Groeda Weyrd, Eduard Blutig (the German blutig is equivalent to bloody – i.e. Gorey), and Raddory Gewe.

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