The Edward Gorey House

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If you've ever wondered about the artist behind the Victorian characters playing croquet in the rain or slinking through graveyards in the opening credits of the PBS show Mystery, you're not alone.

Edward Gorey lived a life as eccentric and contradictory as his artwork. The illustrator and writer of dozens of books including "The Gashlycrumb Tinies" and "The Epileptic Bicycle" lived the last 16 years of his life in a home he called The Elephant House in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts.

The house is now a museum dedicated to celebrating his life and work. WBUR's Anne Stevenson visited his home earlier this summer.

To hear her story listen to Morning Edition on Friday.

This program aired on September 1, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.