Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey's Self-Portrait

“This past week 213 of Burt Britton’s collection were auctioned off. Burt Britton convinced A-list authors, artists, and sports legends to draw themselves. From David Hockney to Muhammad Ali to Paul Newman.

“Working at the famed Strand bookstore in New York for a decade, and later owning Books & Company on Madison Avenue, Britton befriended many of the writers and artists whose portraits he gathered.

“Writers weren’t short on creativity either. The blind Argentine novelist Jorge Luis Borges sketched his drawing using one finger guided by his free hand. True to form, Joan Didion created her portrait, inscribing a sheet of lined paper with faults, including, “Too thin. Astigmatic. Has no visual sense of self,” and her thumbprint.”

I enjoyed Edward Gorey’s self -portrait. I have a Gorey pin with a cat striking a similar pose. Alexis will enjoy Stephen King’s portrait. I didn’t recognize all the artists but I enjoyed all the portraits.

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