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Edward Gorey is an American writer, illustrator, and poet. He was born and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He has stated that most of his artistic talents are self-taught, with the help of some artistic genes coming from his mother’s side. He attended the Chicago Institute of Arts, but this was a very brief stay, lasting less than a year.
Gorey enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. This seems to have been a maturing process for Gorey, since after getting out of the Army he immediately enrolled at Harvard University. He studied French while at Harvard and while at Harvard, Gorey roomed with the soon-to-be Poet, Frank O’Hara.
After graduation he moved to New York City where he became an illustrator for Doubleday. Eventually, Gorey moved on to writing and illustrating his own books. His first book was The Unstrung Harp in 1953. All told, Gorey wrote more than 100 books during his career as a writer and illustrator. He is described as writing a sort of gothic type literature, which he was able to apply well to children’s books. Gorey is cited as stating that he classifies his style of writing as literary nonsense.
Gorey wrote his books from his home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He would often put on puppet shows with puppets that he made himself, depicting various stories. He died there on February 15, 2000.