Edward Gorey is one of the most influential artists and writers of our time. His birthday also happens to be today. His birthday was celebrated by Google Australia yesterday, but now those of us on the other side of the International Date Line get to celebrate.
Edward Gorey was born on February 22, 1925, and he died on April 15, 2000 at the age of 75. Over the course of his life, he published over 100 books featuring his distinct art style that could best be classified as gothic, but he himself labeled his style as “literary nonsense.”
Today’s Google Doodle isn’t interactive, but it does a great job of copping Gorey’s distinctive style. Google’s Knowledge Graph is in full force as well. Interestingly enough, the first person listed under the “People also search for” section is Tim Burton. The director’s early work, especially Edward Scissorhands, was obviously inspired by Gorey’s work.
If you want to learn more about Gorey, why not take a trip out to his home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. It’s been turned into the Edwary Gorey House Museum. The house will open on April 18, and feature a new exhibit.