Edward Gorey, Famed Illustrator, Celebrated With Google Doodle

Google celebrates the life and work of American illustrator and author Edward Gorey with Friday's doodle.

Born in 1925, Gorey started out as an illustrator for book covers at Anchor/Doubleday, eventually moving on to illustrate about 90 books and write 60 of his own before his death in 2000.

With a distinct style, often described as "whimsical" and "grim," Gorey's pen and ink illustrations often depicted animals, as is shown in the Google doodle. The doodle also pays homage to Gorey's most famous book, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, which depicts the deaths of 26 children, each representing a different letter of the alphabet.

Gorey's home in Massachusetts has been turned into a museum showcasing his work. Gorey himself was an animal rights advocate, so the Edward Gorey House supports various animal welfare organizations.

Google doodles and children's writers make a perfect pair. In 2007, Google honored famous author/illustrator Roald Dahl on what would have been his 91st birthday. Google also celebrated Jim Henson's birthday in September of 2011 with an adorable interactive doodle featuring, of course, The Muppets.

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