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Gorey, Edward (22 February 1925–15 April 2000), author and artist, was born Edward St. John Gorey in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Edward Leo Gorey, a newspaperman, and Helen Dunham Garvey Gorey, a government clerk. The couple divorced when their son was eleven and remarried when he was twenty-seven. By the age of three, young Edward had taught himself to read, revealing the precocity that would enable him to skip both first and fifth grades. By the time he was five, he had read ...