Edward (St. John) Gorey Biography (1925-2000)

Full name, Edward St. John Gorey; born in 1925, in Chicago, IL; son of EdwardLeo (in journalism) and Helen (Garvey) Gorey. Avocational interests:Cats, opera, concerts, country cooking, ballet, book collecting. Career: Writer, costume designer, and illustrator. Anchor Books, Doubleday and Company, New York City, art department employee, 1953-60; Looking Glass Library,Random House, New York City, editor and art director, 1959-62; Bobbs-Merril,New York City, editor and art director, 1963. Fantod Press, New York City, founder. Doomed Enterprises, owner. Art has been exhibited in numerous gallery, museum, and university shows, including the California College of Arts andCrafts, Oakland, CA, 1965; Gotham Book Mart Gallery, New York City, 1970-; University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1971; San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, 1971; Pennsylvania State University, College Park, PA, 1973; Yale University, New Haven, CT, and Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, 1996. Also worked at a bookstore. Also used the pseudonyms Aedwyrd Gore and Om. Military service: U.S. Army, 1943-46, served as a company clerk at the Dugway Proving Ground. Awards, Honors: New York Times citations as one of the best illustrated children's books of the year, 1966, for The Monster Den; or, Look What Happened at My House-and to It(by John Ciardi), and 1969, for The Dong with a Luminous Nose(by Edward Lear); New York Times citation as one of the best illustrated children's books of the year, inclusion in the Fifty Books Exhibit and Children's Book Show of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the American Library Association's notable book citation, all 1971, and best picture book citation, Bologna Children's Book Fair, 1977, all for The Shrinking of Treehorn(by Florence ParryHeide); Children's Book Showcase selection, 1972, for Lions and Lobstersand Foxes and Frogs: Fables from Aesop, The Shrinking of Treehorn,and Sam and Emma; Children's Book Showcase selection, 1973, and Art Books for Children citation, Brooklyn Museum, 1974, both for Red Riding Hood: Retold in Verse for Boys and Girls to Read Themselves; Antoinette Perry Award, best costume designer, and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best scenic designer, both 1978, for Dracula; Parents Choice Award for illustration, 1982, for The Dwindling Party. Addresses: Contact: P.O. Box 146, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675-0146.

writer, costume designer, illustrator
Birth Details
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death Details
April 15, 2000
Hyannis, Massachusettes

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