Gorey's illustrations are every bit as macabre as the reputation that precedes him, but laden with more wit and brilliance than given credit for. Dark observations fill this book, but you'll have more fun than you'll want to admit along the way.
An amazing Illustrator, Writer, Poet and quite the eccentric. It's a pleasure to own almost every one of his works as well as those titles he's illustrated for other authors. Cheers!
The best book about children's death that I've ever read!
An A through Z, description of destruction.
A is for apple and B is for bear? Not quite. ?A is for Amy who fell down the stairs, B is for Basil assaulted by bears.? Children don?t learn their ABCs in this abecedarian; instead they?re killed off in twenty-six delightfully wicked ways, ending with ?Y is for Yorrick whose head was knocked in? and ?Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin.? Author and illustrator Edward Gorey (1925-2000) combined a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, a fanciful style of crosshatched pen-and-ink drawings, and a ghoulish charm to create picture books for adults. The Gashlycrumb Tinies is one of his most famous (or infamous) works. His tiny Edwardian-era children with their proper English names (like Desmond, Neville, and Maud) dwell in stately sitting rooms, smother under rugs, and are mortally damaged by axes, awls, and tacks. In any other author?s hands, the destruction of an alphabet?s-worth of kiddies would be either tactless or downright silly. But Gorey?s slim volume of sweetly rhyming couplets and comically macabre drawings is nothing short of subtle, clever, fine, and funny.
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