Individual Author Record
Name: Edward St John GoreyPen Name: Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Born: February 22, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionGorey was born in Chicago and grew up in Wilmette. He attended a variety of local grade schools and then the Francis W. Parker School. In 1943, he spent one semester at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationEdward Gorey was a writer and artist noted for his "playfully macabre" illustrated books.From 1953 to 1960, Gorey lived in New York City and worked in the art department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text. He worked for Doubleday in New York for eight years and, while there, illustrated Bram Stoker's ''Dracula'' and T.S. Elliot's ''Old Possum's Book of Practiacal Cats''. In 1953, he illustrated his first independent work, ''The Unstrung Harp''. Gorey never married and was never particularly fond of children yet his books were popular with them. In all, Gorey wrote over 100 books and used many different pseudonyms. His illustrated (and sometimes wordless) books, have long had a cult following for his macabre, Victorian and Gothic-like illustrations. Gorey became particularly well-known through his animated introduction to the PBS series ''Mystery!'' in 1980, as well as his designs for the 1977 Broadway production of ''Dracula'', for which he won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design. He was also nominated for Best Scenic Design.
'''Gorey wrote more than 100 books, including the following:'''*''Unstrung Harp'', 1953*''The Gashlycrumb Tinies'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1963*''Amphigorey: Fifteen Books'', Putnam, 1980*''A Mercurial Bear (Under pseudonym E.D.Ward) '', Gotham, 1983*''The Eclectic Abecedarium'', Bromer, 1983*''Amphigorey Also'', Congdon and Weed, 1983*''The Tunnel Calamity'', Putnam Juvinenile, 1984*''Les Echanges Malandreux'', Metacom Press, 1985*''The Insect God'', Peter Woods Books, 1993*''The Raging Tide: Or, the Black Doll's Imbroglio '', Beaufort Books, 1987*''The Fraught Settee'', Fantod Press, 1990*''Figbash Acrobate'', Fantod Press, 1994*''The Courious Sofa (Under pseudonym Ogdred Weary)'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997*''The Doubtful Guest'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998*''The Epiplectic Bicycle'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998*''The Haunted Tea-Cosy: A Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas'', Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998*''The Willowdale Handcar: or the Return of the Black Doll'', Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003*''The Hapless Child'', Pomegranate Communications, 2008*''The Blue Aspic'', Pomegranate Communications, 2009*''The West Wing'', Bloomsbury USA, 2009*''The Evil Garden'', Pomegranate Communications, 2011*''Saint Melissa the Mottled'', Bloomsbury USA, 2012*''Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert and The Deadly Blotter'', Pomegranate USA, 2012*''The Osbick Bird'', Pomegranate USA, 2012*''A Halloween Treat'', Bloomsbury USA, 2012