I’m not sure what size Edward Gorey wore, but I am certain one of his fur coats would make a great Christmas gift for that hard-to-please Victorian. More than a dozen of Gorey’s coats are being offered today at Bloomsbury Auctions in New York, along with a gold ring, limited edition prints and other items.
Gorey of course was a hero to the gothic subculture, and while all of it seems British, Gorey was born in Chicago and only left the U.S. once, for a trip to Scotland. Gorey became particularly well-known through his animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery! in 1980, as well as his designs for the 1977 Broadway production of Dracula.
Gorey “wrote” more than 100 books, including one of my favorites, The Doubtful Guest, but is primarily known as an illustrator. There are a number of curiosities about him, aside from his dress, that are of note. Although Gorey’s books were popular with children, he did not associate with children much and had no particular fondness for them. Gorey never married and never discussed any specific romantic relationships in interviews. When asked what his sexual preferences were in an interview, he said,
“I’m neither one thing nor the other particularly. I am fortunate in that I am apparently reasonably undersexed or something…I’ve never said that I was gay and I’ve never said that I wasn’t…what I’m trying to say is that I am a person before I am anything else….”
Gorey died in 2000.