Born in Chicago, Edward Gorey had little artistic training beyond a brief stint at the Art Institute of Chicago. He later studied French at Harvard University.
Edward St. John Gorey created over a hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump. He was also an award winning theatrical costume and set designer. His comics appeared in numerous publications, most notably, 'The New York Times' and 'The New Yorker'.
Gorey began his career as a cover illustrator at Doubleday in New York City. He illustrated books by Beckett, Dickens, Heide, Lear, Updike, Woolf, Wells and many others. He is best known to television audiences as the creator of the animated credits for the PBS Mystery! series.
His first solo work, The Unstrung Harp was published in 1953.
He has influenced numerous artists from many different fields, including Tim Burton.
Though many believe he was British, Edward Gorey lived most of his life in New England, traveling overseas only once, briefly, to Scotland. He lived most of his life on Cape Cod.
Gorey lived alone and was never married or even romantically involved with anyone. He himself stated that he didn't consider himself gay or straight but 'sexless'.
When Gorey passed away in 2000, he left his estate in a charitable trust to benefit cats, dogs, bats and insects.