Who is Edward Gorey?
Born in 1925, American cult icon Edward Gorey was famous for his dark and sinister books and intricately drawn accompanying illustrations. He died in 2000. A self-confessed misfit, Gorey was obsessed with ballet (seeing every performance of the New York Ballet for 17 years!) and had a great fondness for cats, both of which feature heavily in his work. He can often be spotted in his own books, a bearded figure clad in a fur coat and sneakers. It is the macabre subject matter, creepy drawings and humorous rhymes which make Gorey’s work unique. It appeals as much to adults as it does to children and its distinctively English style is ironic considering that his only visit to the UK was on a trip to some very remote Scottish islands! His fondness for playing with words even spread into using a range of anargramatical pseudonyms for publishing his work, including Ogdread Weary, E G Deadworry and Mrs Regera Dowdy.
Edward Gorey was a prolific American artist, writer, and illustrator. Though many people are under the misconception that he was British, due to the style and themes of his work, he was in fact born in Chicago in 1925 and only traveled outside the United States once during his lifetime. Edward Gorey died in Massachusetts in 2000 at the age of 75 of a heart attack. The pen and ink illustrations of Edward Gorey have a characteristic and unmistakable Gothic style, and many of his books have been published around the world. Edward Gorey spent his childhood in Chicago, and he attended the Chicago School of Art for one semester before enlisting in the army for the Second World War. He spent his war years working as a clerk at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where the army tested mortars and poisonous gas. After the war, he enrolled at Harvard to study French Literature, where he spent a great deal of time with Frank O’Hara, a well known poet. Edward Gorey spent the years between his college g
??? I could search, I know, and maybe I’,m the only one who doesn’t know, but just in case… ::) Betsy Bacardi Jim: Gorey was a comic artist and illustrator. He created (along with many other things) The Addams Family in a series of comic panels. Scathach: Edward Gorey was an illustrator who did really unique artwork, he is probably most known for doing the artwork for the show Mystery which as on PBS when I was a kid. He wrote and illustrated very strange but interesting books, I just came across that you can read some of them on google books: http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&id=uQe2a18Ly6wC&dq=edward+gorey&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=KOXDxRS6tC&sig=F9SuvFe06HBmiD_TXHkiKE8A7Ow&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=16&ct=result#PPT15,M1 Betsy the Quilter: Now that you both had said that, it sounds familiar. Can’t remember anything anymore!