On this day the delightfully dark Edward Gorey was born (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000).
His gothic artistic style has been copied so much it's hard to see how original he was, anymore. But he's hard to classify simply.
His books may be found in the humor and cartoon sections of major bookstores, but books such as The Object Lesson have earned serious critical respect as works of surrealist art. His experimentations — creating books that were wordless, books that were literally matchbox-sized, pop-up books, books entirely populated by inanimate objects — complicates matters in trying to classify him still further. As Gorey told The Boston Globe, "Ideally, if anything were any good, it would be indescribable."
Gorey classified his own work as literary nonsense, the genre made most famous by Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.