Happy birthday Edward Gorey!

reblogged from Ways of Seeing

Today is the birthday of beloved illustrator Edward Gorey! He would have been 88 today. He is best known for his macabre children’s books and distinctive crosshatch illustrations.

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Gorey was born and raised in Chicago but relocated to New York where he worked as an illustrator for Dubbleday, providing illustrations for novels like Dracula and War of the Worlds. Gorey wrote over a hundred books during his life, publishing until the year before his death in 2000. His most well known book may be The Gashsleycrumb Tinies, which teaches the ABC’s in a thoroughly unorthodox way.

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I love Gorey! I had a bunch of his books as a child and still enjoy them today. And I was pleasantly surprised to see the Google homepage today.

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Do you have a favorite Gorey illustration or book? Let us know!

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