Google pays tribute to Edward Gorey on his 88th birthday with a doodle
Posted on: 06:59 PM IST Feb 21, 2013
New Delhi: With the view to pay a tribute to American writer and artist Edward Gorey on his 88th bithday, Google has posted a doodle that features Edward Gorey and some of his artworks.
Born on February 22, 1925, Edward Gorey was an artist and writer known for his macabre bent, with works that had an ominous and somewhat Victorian air. His influence can be seen in the works of Tim Burton and in music videos like Nine Inch Nails' "The Perfect Drug," and while none of his works has ever reached the silver screen, the opening titles of the PBS series "Mystery!" done in animation style are based on his art. He also was a successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony for his Broadway production of "Edward Gorey's Dracula."
Originally published in 1957, the whimsical story revolves around a quirky family whose life is turned upside down when a mysterious, mischievous creature arrives unannounced and unwelcome, bringing trouble with him and wreaking havoc.
In 1943, Gorey studied art for one semester at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1953 to 1960, Gorey lived in New York City and worked for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor. The Unstrung Harp, his first independent work, was published in 1953. He also published under pen names that were anagrams of his first and last names.
Gorey was noted for his fondness for ballet, fur coats, tennis shoes, and cats, of which he had many. Albeit Gorey's books were popular with children, but Gorey did not associate with children much and he had no fondness for them. In fact, he never married, and confessed to have little interest in romance. He used to be reluctant to discuss any specific romantic relationships during interviews. Gorey was once pressed on the matter of his sexual orientation, and he responded that even he was not sure whether he was gay or straight.
Gorey is described as an illustrator. His books are found in the humour and cartoon sections of major bookstores. Gorey wrote more than 100 books. Gorey died in 2000 at the age 75.