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Edward St. John Gorey was born in Chicago. His father was briefly a journalist. Gorey's maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. John Garvey, was a popular nineteenth-century greeting card writer and artist, from whom he claimed to have inherited his talents. Gorey attended a variety of local grade schools and then the Francis W. Parker School.
He then attended Harvard University , beginning in and graduating in the class of ; he studied French and roomed with poet Frank O'Hara. He frequently stated that his formal art training was "negligible"; Gorey studied art for one semester at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in From to , he lived in Manhattan and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor, illustrating book covers and in some cases, adding illustrations to the text.
He illustrated works as diverse as Bram Stoker 's Dracula , H. Wells ' The War of the Worlds and T. In later years he produced cover illustrations and interior artwork for many children's books by John Bellairs , as well as books begun by Bellairs and continued by Brad Strickland after Bellairs' death. His first independent work, The Unstrung Harp , was published in He also published under various pen names, some of which were anagrams of his first and last names, such as Ogdred Weary, Dogear Wryde, Ms.
Regera Dowdy, and dozens more. Gorey, presenting exhibitions of his work in the store's gallery and eventually turning him into an international celebrity. Gorey's illustrated and sometimes wordless books, with their vaguely ominous air and ostensibly Victorian and Edwardian settings, have long had a cult following. In , Gorey became particularly well known for his animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!
In the introduction of each Mystery! Because of the settings and style of Gorey's work, many people have assumed he was British; in fact, he only left the U. Based on Thomas Moore's poem The Lake of the Dismal Swamp , the opera was staged after Gorey's death and directed by his friend, neighbor, and longtime collaborator Carol Verburg, with a puppet stage made by his friends and neighbors, the noted set designers Herbert Senn and Helen Pond. In the early s, Gorey wrote an unproduced screenplay for a silent film , The Black Doll.
After Gorey's death, one of his executors, Andreas Brown, turned up a large cache of unpublished work complete and incomplete. Brown described the find as "ample material for many future books and for plays based on his work".
Although Gorey's books were popular with children, he did not associate with children much and had no particular fondness for them. Gorey never married, professed to have little interest in romance, and never discussed any specific romantic relationships in interviews. In the book The Strange Case of Edward Gorey , published after Gorey's death, his friend Alexander Theroux reported that when Gorey was pressed on the matter of his sexual orientation , he said that even he was not sure whether he was gay or straight.
When asked what his sexual orientation was in an interview, he said,. I'm neither one thing nor the other particularly. I am fortunate in that I am apparently reasonably undersexed or something I've never said that I was gay and I've never said that I wasn't Well, I'm neither one thing nor the other particularly. I suppose I'm gay. But I don't identify with it much. Edward Gorey agreed in an interview that the "sexlessness" of his works was a product of his asexuality.
As of , the film has been screened as a work-in-progress; the finished film and accompanying book are in post-production. He was interviewed on Tribute to Edward Gorey, an hour-long community, public-access television cable show produced by artist and friend Joyce Kenney. He contributed his videos and personal thoughts. Gorey served as a judge at Yarmouth art shows and enjoyed activities at the local cable station, studying computer art and serving as cameraman on many Yarmouth shows.
The house is now the Edward Gorey House Museum. Gorey left the bulk of his estate to a charitable trust benefiting cats and dogs, as well as other species, including bats and insects. Gorey is typically described as an illustrator.
His books may be found in the humor and cartoon sections of major bookstores, but books such as The Object Lesson have earned serious critical respect as works of surrealist art. His experimentation—creating books that were wordless, books that were literally matchbox-sized, pop-up books, books entirely populated by inanimate objects—complicates matters still further. In response to being called gothic , he stated, "If you're doing nonsense it has to be rather awful, because there'd be no point.
I'm trying to think if there's sunny nonsense. Sunny, funny nonsense for children—oh, how boring, boring, boring. As Schubert said, there is no happy music.
And that's true, there really isn't. And there's probably no happy nonsense, either. Gorey wrote more than books, including the following: [ clarification needed ]. Many of Gorey's works were published obscurely and are difficult to find and priced accordingly ; [ citation needed ] however, the following four omnibus editions collect much of his material.
Because his original books are rather short, these editions may contain 15 or more in each volume. Gorey was very fond of word games, particularly anagrams. He wrote many of his books under pseudonyms that usually were anagrams of his own name most famously Ogdred Weary. Some of them are listed below, with the corresponding book title s. Eduard Blutig is also a word game: "Blutig" is German the language from which these two books purportedly were translated for "bloody" or "gory".
Gorey has become an iconic figure in the goth subculture. Events themed on his works and decorated in his characteristic style are common in the more Victorian -styled elements of the subculture, notably the Edwardian costume balls held annually in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which include performances based on his works.
The "Edwardian" in this case refers less to the Edwardian period of history than to Gorey, whose characters are depicted as wearing fashion styles ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the s. Among the authors influenced by Gorey's work is Daniel Handler , who under the pseudonym "Lemony Snicket" wrote the gothic childrens' book series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Shortly before Gorey's death, Handler sent a copy of the series's first two novels to him, with a letter "saying how much I admired his work, and how much I hoped that he would forgive what I'd stolen from him. Director Mark Romanek 's music video for the Nine Inch Nails song " The Perfect Drug " was designed specifically to resemble a Gorey book, with familiar Gorey elements including oversized urns, topiary plants, and glum, pale characters in full Edwardian costume.
This album was a collaboration with Gorey, who liked previous work by The Tiger Lillies so much that he sent them a large box of his unpublished works, which were then adapted and turned into songs. Gorey died before hearing the finished album.
The opening titles of the PBS series Mystery! In the last few decades of his life, Gorey merchandise became quite popular, with stuffed dolls, cups, stickers, posters, and other items available at malls around the United States. No release date was given and there has been no further information since the announcement.
The online journal Goreyesque publishes artwork, stories, and poems in the spirit of Edward Gorey's work. Contemporary American cartoonists with similar macabre style include:.
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