Edward Gorey

American 1925 - 2000

Edward Gorey began his career as a child prodigy, drawing at the age of two, reading by the age of three. At 17, he enrolled in courses at the Art Institute of Chicago before entering the U.S. Army. Later, he went on to study French literature at Harvard, where he lived with poet Frank O’Hara. He spent many years designing covers for Doubleday, and is best known for his spindly black-and-white Victorian illustrations, which may remind today’s readers of the animations of Tim Burton. He is the author and illustrator of many books, including The Unstrung Harp (1953), The Doubtful Guest (1957), The Gashlycrumb Tinies (1963), and the Amphigorey collections (Amphigorey, Amphigorey Too, Amphigorey Again, Amphigorey Also). His house on Cape Cod is now a museum open to the public.