Edward Gorey (1925-2000)

Death: 15th April 2000
Location: Cremated.  Part of his ashes were scattered in Barnstable Harbor, Massachusetts, United States. In June 2010 some of the remaining ashes were mixed with those of the six cats that Edward owned at the time of his death and scattered in the yard of his former home, Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts.
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Photos taken by:  Wjones59 & Terryballard
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American writer and illustrator who is noted for his macabre illustrated books, such as The Gashlycrumb Tinies (1963). Gorey classified his own work as literary nonsense, the genre made most famous by Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. 
He stared working for the Art Department of Doubleday Anchor in New York City, illustrating book covers and in some cases adding illustrations to the text. He illustrated works as diverse as Dracula by Bram Stoker, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
His first independent work, The Unstrung Harp, was published in 1953. Gorey's illustrated (and sometimes wordless) books, with their vaguely ominous air and ostensibly Victorian and Edwardian settings, have long had a cult following.