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Edward Gorey RIP

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  • Stolzi@aol.com
    By The Associated Press HYANNIS, Mass. (AP) -- Edward Gorey, whose bizarre stories and black-and-white illustrations reflected an elegantly morbid sense of
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 16, 2000
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      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
      ``Dracula''
      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
      ``X
      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.
      It
      was followed in 1974 by ``Amphigorey Too'' and ``Amphigorey Also'' in 1983.
    • Stolzi@aol.com
      A friend passed on a somewhat longer obit (it remembered to mention the Mystery! credits) which ended with this totally Goreyesque sentence: It was not
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 18, 2000
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        A friend passed on a somewhat longer obit (it remembered to mention the
        "Mystery!" credits) which ended with this totally Goreyesque sentence:

        "It was not clear if there were any survivors."

        Mary S
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