Google pays tribute to Edward Gorey on his 88th birthday with a doodle
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.
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
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
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.