Edward Gorey: The original Tim Burton (+video)(Read article summary)
Edward Gorey is celebrated on Google's homepage with a playful doodle for what would have been his 88th birthday today.
Edward Gorey was an American writer and illustrator known for his unique style, love of cats, and the playful, Victorian-style characters in his work. He was born on February 22, 1925 and would have celebrated his 88th birthday on Friday. Google is celebrating the artist with a collection of Gorey drawings gracing the search engines homepage today.
Gorey lived in Chicago as a child and he claims to be mostly a self-taught artist, he spent only one semester at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1943. He later attended Harvard University from 1946 to 1950, where he joined ranks with other Harvard alumni and founded the Poets' Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.
He lived most of his later years in his home on Cape Cod.
Gorey has said that he got his talent from his maternal great-grandmother, Helen St. John Garvey, who was a popular 19th century greeting card writer and artist.
Gorey wrote more than 100 books and illustrated reprints of books such as âDraculaâ by Bram Stoker, âThe War of the Worldsâ by H. G. Wells, and a collection of whimsical poems titled âOld Possum's Book of Practical Catsâ by T. S. Eliot.Â
He classifies his own gothic pen and ink style as âliterary nonsense.âÂ
Goreyâs âwicked and whimsicalâ animations were used to introduce the PBSâ series âMystery!," since the series began in 1980.
âWhen I was first writing âA Series of Unfortunate Events,â I was wandering around everywhere saying, âI am a complete rip-off of Edward Gorey,â and everyone said, âWhoâs that?â Now, everyone says, âThatâs right, you are a complete rip-off of Edward Gorey.â â
But Gorey wouldn't want readers to dig into his books or his style too deeply. The New York Times article quotes Goreyâs favorite saying: âWhen people are finding meaning in things â beware.â