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Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) writer par excellence with over 100 books illustrated by him to his credit and fifty books that he either illustrated for other authors, or for which he designed the dust jackets.

Although most of his own work could be seen as children’s books with settings in a Victorian or Edwardian Era, nearly all are surrealistic in tone imbued with morals. In the end these are the books and characters that can make you smile! His artistic output was very varied and he illustrated books for writers from H.G. Wells to John Updike and John Ciardi.





His short books in different sizes appeared over many years by a variety of publishers and it will not be easy to put an entire collection together. A number of exhibitions of his varied work have been held over the years. In this post we feature some glimpses of our favorite books by him on our shelves.


One of his books was published under the name of Ogdred Weary an anagram of his own name.


Much more on Gorey and his wonderful art you can see and read here and you can like to listen to a story about him on NPR.