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Life of Edward Gorey

American illustrator and writer Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000) rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his macabre slant on humorous fiction featuring Victorian and Edwardian settings. A major commercial illustrator, he established Fantod Press in 1962 to publish his own works as he continued his freelance commercial work. Gorey’s interest in the theater led to his involvement in several off-Broadway productions which included the design of a production of “Dracula” for a small theater on Nantucket Island. Opening on Broadway as Edward Gorey’s Dracula the production brought Gorey major commercial success and two Tony Awards, for Best Revival and Best Costumes.