- NAME: Edward Gorey
- OCCUPATION: Illustrator, Author, Screenwriter
- BIRTH DATE: February 22, 1925
- DEATH DATE: April 15, 2000
- EDUCATION: Harvard University, Francis W. Parker School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Chicago, Illinois
- PLACE OF DEATH: Hyannis, Massachusetts
- Full Name: Edward St. John Gorey
- AKA: Edward Gorey
- AKA: "Drew Dogyear"
- AKA: "Ogdred Weary"
- AKA: "Mrs. Regera Dowdy"
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Edward Gorey was an American illustrator best known for his cartoons of Edwardian children coming to macabre ends. He work can be seen in the animated credits of PBS' Masterpiece Mystery.
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His drawings, usually of ghoulish, beady-eyed characters, often depicted macabre situations or settings, but with comic undertones.
Gorey's success continued into the 1970s and '80s, when his focus shifted more heavily toward adult works. His releases during this time include the anthologies Amphigorey (1972) and Amphigorey Too (1975)—which inspired the 1978 musical stage adaptation, Gorey Stories—and 1983's Amphigorey Also. Additionally,
Gorey won a Tony Award for costume design in 1978, for his work on the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula.
Gorey's work began even more widely known in 1980 following the premiere of the PBS series Mystery!, the intro of which boasted his illustrations.
Edward Gorey died on April 15, 2000, at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Massachusetts. At the time of his death, Gorey had published more than 100 independent works and illustrated countless others.
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