Edward Gorey


Edward GoreyEdward Gorey American writer, illustrator and artist

Today 22 February 2013, if you visit the Google Search Engine you will find the tribute “Edward Gorey” Google Doodle. Today’s Doodle are very interesting and showcase what looks like illustrations from “Edward Gorey”

Edward Gorey was born eighty-eight years ago today on the 22 February 1925 and he passed away on the 15th of April in 2000. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States and passed on in the Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Massachusetts at the age of 75.

Edward Gorey have written more than one hundred books containing mostly humor, cartoons and illustrations. His work had a Victorian style to it, as you can see in the Google Doodle. He also did illustrations for books and also designed book covers in his early career.  Some of his major contributions in the form of illustrations included illustrations for Dracula by

Bram Stoker

, which were one of the previous Google Doodles featured on the search engines homepage.

Another well known author HG Wells used some of his illustrations in his book called “The War of the Worlds”, and TS Eliot book “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” if you look at the Edward Gorey illustration doodle you will recognize some of these cartoons and authors works in the doodle. 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 1953. He also published under pen names that were anagrams of his first and last names, such as Ogdred Weary, Dogear Wryde, Ms. Regera Dowdy, and dozens more. His books also feature the names Eduard Blutig (“Edward Gory”), a German language pun on his own name, and O. Müde (German for O. Weary).

Edward Gorey’s work received cult status as many people started following his work internationally some of his books did not have any text and just contained illustrations, and by just looking at the illustrations it were easy to recognize that it was the work of Edward Gorey.

Many people have mistaken Edward Gorey as British English due to the tone and Victorian style of his works. Gorey was noted for his fondness for ballet (for many years, he religiously attended all performances of the New York City Ballet), fur coats, tennis shoes, and cats, of which he had many. All figure prominently in his work. His knowledge of literature and films was unusually extensive, and in his interviews, he named Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, Francis Bacon, George Balanchine, Balthus, Louis Feuillade, Ronald Firbank, Lady Murasaki Shikibu, Robert Musil, Yasujiro Ozu, Anthony Trollope, and Johannes Vermeer as some of his favorite artists.

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Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey Legacy

According to the Wikipedia Edward Gorey article he left behind the following legacy…

Edward 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 Edward Gorey himself, whose characters are depicted as wearing fashion styles ranging from those of the mid-19th century to the 1930s.

Director Mark Romanek’s music video for the Nine Inch Nails song “The Perfect Drug” was designed specifically to look like a Edward Gorey book, with familiar Edward Gorey elements including oversized urns, topiary plants, and glum, pale characters in full Edwardian costume.[ Also, Caitlín R. Kiernan has published a short story titled “A Story for Edward Gorey” (Tales of Pain and Wonder, 2000), which features Edward Gorey’s black doll.

A more direct link to Edward Gorey’s influence on the music world is evident in The Edward Gorey End, an album recorded in 2003 by the Tiger Lillies and the Kronos Quartet. This album was a collaboration with Edward Gorey, who liked previous work by The Tiger Lillies so much that he sent them a large box of his unpublished work, which were then adapted and turned into songs. Edward Gorey died before hearing the finished album.

In 1976, jazz composer Michael Mantler recorded an album called The Hapless Child (Watt/ECM) with Robert Wyatt, Terje Rypdal, Carla Bley and Jack DeJohnette. It contains musical adaptations of The Sinking Spell, The Object Lesson, The Insect God, The Doubtful Guest, The Remembered Visit and The Hapless Child. The three last songs have also been published on his 1987 Live album with Jack Bruce, Rick Fenn and Nick Mason.

The opening titles of the PBS series Mystery! is based on Edward Gorey’s art, in an animated sequence co-directed by Derek Lamb.

In the last few decades of his life, Edward Gorey merchandise became quite popular, with stuffed dolls, cups, stickers, posters, and other items available at malls around the United States.

In 2007, the Jim Henson Company announced plans to produce a feature film based on The Doubtful Guest to be directed by Brad Peyton. No release date was given and there has been no further information since the announcement.

Edward Gorey Google Doodle

Google Doodle

“Image of the Google Doodle about Edward Gorey featured on 22 February 2013 on the Google Homepage.”

Today Google will focus the whole world’s attention on the life and legacy of Edward Gorey. I love it when Google pics someone that I should know about but really do not, and love the opportunity to read and learn more about these people, events and historical happenings.

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