Edward Gorey


Artist and writer Edward Gorey photographed in September 1977 on the set he designed for the Broadway production of 'Dracula,' for which he won a Tony Award for best costume design.  Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images
Artist and writer Edward Gorey photographed in September 1977 on the set he designed for the Broadway production of 'Dracula,' for which he won a Tony Award for best costume design. Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

Based just on his art, you might imagine Edward Gorey as a dour Englishman, with the peak of his career sometime in the 1920s or '30s, whose childhood was marked with a series of tragic deaths. But Gorey was none of these things.

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Tracy's Research:

  • The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. “Edward Gorey.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 6/16/2017. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-Gorey
  • Edward Gorey House. “Biography.” http://www.edwardgoreyhouse.org/biography
  • The Edward Gorey House. “From the Macabre to the Meowvelous: 13 Facts About Artist Edward Gorey.” Biography.com. 10/30/2014. https://www.biography.com/news/edward-gorey-biography-facts
  • Dery, Mark. “Nightshade Is Growing Like Weeds.” New York Times. 3/2/2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/arts/design/06gorey.html
  • Lumenello, Susan. “Edward Gorey: Brief Life of an Artful Author, 1925-2000.” Harvard Magazine. March-April 2007. http://harvardmagazine.com/2007/03/edward-gorey.html
  • Theroux, Alexander. “The Strange Case of Edward Gorey.” Fantagraphics Books. 2010.
  • Wilken, Karen, editor. “Ascending Pecularity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey.” Harcourt. 2001.
  • Loyola University Chicago Digital Special Collections. “G is for Gorey – C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak.” http://www.lib.luc.edu/specialcollections/exhibits/show/gorey
  • Gussow, Mel. “Edward Gorey, Artist and Author Who Turned the Macabre Into a Career, Dies at 75.” New York Times. 4/17/2000. http://www.nytimes.com/2000/04/17/arts/edward-gorey-artist-and-author-who-turned-the-macabre-into-a-career-dies-at-75.html

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