Literary Birthday – 22 February – Edward Gorey

Edward Gorey was born 22 February 1925 and died 15 April 2000.


  1. I have given up considering happiness as relevant.
  2. I really think I write about everyday life. I don’t think I’m quite as odd as others say I am. Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that’s what makes it so boring.
  3. My mission in life is to make everybody as uneasy as possible. I think we should all be as uneasy as possible, because that’s what the world is like.
  4. To take my work seriously would be the height of folly.
  5. I don’t think anything might have been. What is, is.
  6. Books, Cats, Life is Good.

Edward Gorey was an American writer and artist. He was famous for his often macabre drawings and picture-stories which gained him a worldwide cult following. 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. He wrote Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey.

Source: By Christopher Seufert, of Mooncusser Films (shot a documentary with Edward from 1996 to his death in April, 2000) – Original uploader was Mooncusser, CC0,

 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 22nd February 2013