No one...and I mean no one...drew like Edward Gorey. For more than forty years, his distinctive blend of extraordinarily detailed artwork and unsettling humor graced scores of books for adults and children alike. His work for children includes The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide (Holiday House). Adult titles such as The Doubtful Guest and The Gashlycrumb Tinies (both Harcourt) are even more popular now than whenfirst published in the 1950’s and 60’s.
His animated opening for the Mystery series continues to delight PBS fans. Several collections of his work are available, including the recently published Amphigorey Again (Harcourt, 2007). His death in 2000 silenced one of the most original and unique minds of the 20th century. The Edward Gorey House, his former residence on Cape Cod, is open to the public and can be reached at www.edwardgoreyhouse.org.