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Edward St. John Gorey (1925 - 2000)

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Edward St. John (Ted) Gorey
Born in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Died in Hyannis, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Profile last modified | Created 29 Oct 2017
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Categories: American Notables | Artists.


Ted Gorey is Notable.
  • noted artist and author. Was a also a playwright, set designer and illustrator.[1][2]
  • s/o Edward Leo Gorey & Helen Dunham Garvey (div. 1936, remarried in 1952)[2][1]
  • never married or had children
  • 1st story The Unstrung Harp in 1953
  • Illustrated book covers for Doubleday Anchor until 1959
  • 1959 became Art Director for Looking Glass Library (folded in 1962) - also illustrated some of the republished books for them, including War of the Worlds
  • Won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design for Dracula
  • Cremated, with part of his ashes to be buried with family, part floated out to sea on raft made from branches of magnolia from the tree growing in his yard, and the last part kept to be spread out over the yard where his cats would be buried once the last of his cats passed away[2]
  • Left his estate to the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust the funds various animal welfare organizations.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Edward Gorey, accessed 29 Oct 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Edward Gorey." Stuff You Missed in History Class (Podcast). 25 Oct 2017. (web), retrieved 29 Oct 2017.
  • Edward Gorey (1925-2000) on Find A Grave: Memorial #6640365 retrieved 02 November 2018
  • "Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 18 May 2016), Edward St John Gorey, 22 Feb 1925; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 8609, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .

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