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Hippity Wippity: Edward Gorey and the Language of Nonsense

April 11, 2019
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    • Dates: April 11, 2019
    • Location: Edward Gorey House, 8 Strawberry Lane, Yarmouth Port

    Although widely known as an influential writer/book artist/illustrator who lived and worked on Cape Cod, Edward Gorey’s stature as one of the foremost creators of Nonsense literature is not generally recognized. Working off the traditions established by Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, Gorey appropriated the structures and cadences of a 19th century literary genre (yes, Nonsense is a genre,) and created a body of work that is uniquely Gorey. Incorporating fantastical creatures, secret languages, some questionable rites of passage, and falling objects, Hippity Wippity strives to explain the unexplainable and discovers that Nonsense takes its silliness very very seriously. Our 2019 exhibit features selections from Gorey’s The Wuggly Ump, The Nursery Frieze, The Untitled Book, The Sinking Spell, The Object Lesson, and The Raging Tide, among others, to showcase a collection of Nonsense (both utter and partial) that is both classic in structure and shockingly contemporary.

    2019 Hours for the Edward Gorey House:
     April 11 – June 30      Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
    July 3 – October 13    Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.
    October 18 – December 29     Fri/Sat 11am – 4pm; Sun 12-4pm.