Edward Gorey was, without question, one of the most exceptional — in every sense of the word — author/illustrators of the twentieth century. He created unforgettably unsettling characters for children’s books as well as grown-up fare that was in equal parts creepy and funny. His Victorian and Edwardian settings, detailed black and white drawings and offbeat pseudonyms were his trademarks and endeared him to fas of the offbeat and eerie.
Personally, Gorey was nothing like his dark, macabre characters: he was insouciant and offhandedly funny. An avid ballet fan, in the 1960s and 1970s he was seen almost nightly at New York’s Lincoln Center, usually holding court during intermission at a performance of the New York City Ballet and usually wearing his signature fur coat.
When choreographer and New York City Ballet Director George Balanchine died, in 1983, Gorey left New York and moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He died in the home he called Elephant house in 2000.
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