By The Associated Press
HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) -- Edward Gorey, whose bizarre stories and
black-and-white illustrations reflected an elegantly morbid sense of humor in
books, on the stage and for television, has died.
Gorey, whose costume design for the Broadway production of
won a Tony Award in 1978, died Saturday at age 75, according to Cape Cod
Hospital. He had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week, The New York
Times reported Sunday.
Gorey wrote at least 90 books and illustrated 60 others. Most showed
vaguely Edwardian characters in bleak settings, reacting in prim distress to
strange situations such as the intrusion of a penguinlike, sneaker-wearing
creature (``The Doubtful Guest,'' published in 1957).
A set published in 1963 under the title ``The Vinegar Works; Three
Volumes of Moral Instruction,'' featured a grisly alphabet book, ``The
Gashlycrumb Tinies,'' in which ``A is for Amy who fell down the stairs'' and
is for Xerxes, devoured by mice.''
The book was included in ``Amphigorey,'' an anthology of 15 stories
published in 1972 by Putnam, that brought Gorey's work to a wider audience.
was followed in 1974 by ``Amphigorey Too'' and ``Amphigorey Also'' in 1983.