Relatively few people had the opportunity to visit the enigmatic Edward Gorey in his home, and among those who did, even fewer were permitted to see the entire house. Although Gorey was a kind and openhearted man, he was also a private man, usually preferring the company of his cats to that of his two-legged acquaintances. As is true for most of us, our environments reveal much about who we are. That is certainly the case with Edward Gorey. His house in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, was filled with his multifarious collections of objects, from books and bottles to finials and rings, stuffed animals and rocks. He arranged his clutter in an order that made sense only to him.

      Kevin McDermott photographed Edward Gorey’s home only a week after Gorey’s death in 2000. His photographs provide us an intimate tour of this strange and wonderful place. In this exhibition, we combine the original photographs shot by McDermott with books and ephemera chosen from the Jaffe Collection’s extensive collection of Edward Gorey works.


      This is the first of several exhibitions over the next fifteen months that celebrate the 15th anniversary of FAU's Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Three of these exhibitions are revivals of favorites from the past fifteen years, and Elephant House is the first of them.


      This exhibition is accessible in the public areas of the Wimberly Library (First Floor Main Lobby and Third Floor JCBA Lobby). Regular library hours are Monday to Thursday 7:40 AM to 2 AM, Friday 7:40 AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10:30 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, Noon to 2 AM.

      Reduced hours once the fall semester ends: Sunday December 14: Noon to 6 PM. Monday December 15 through Friday December 19: 7:40 AM to 6 PM. Saturday and Sunday December 20 and 21: Closed. Monday December 22 and Tuesday December 23: 7:40 AM to 6 PM. Regular hours (paragraph above) resume on Friday January 2.

      The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, and again for Winter Break, Wednesday December 24 through Thursday January 1.


      From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95 on the north side of Glades Road. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive (formerly Broward Avenue). Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.


      Visitor parking is available in the library parking lot. The metered system accepts cash and credit cards at the rate of $1 per hour.

Current Exhibition


Fall 2016

Past Exhibitions

Dialogue Book + Art

Spring 2016


Spring 2016

The Last Word

Summer 2015

Elephant House

Spring 2015

Born from folding

 Early Spring 2013


Spring 2012


Late Fall/Early Spring, 2010/2011

Carbon Alternative

Fall 2010

Proceed and be Bold!

Spring 2010

Animated Library

Spring 2010