The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Or, After the Outing

The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Or, After the Outing

Graphic Novel - 1997
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Drawings show an alphabet of young victims and how they died.
Publisher: Orlando : New York : Harcourt, Inc., [1997]
Copyright Date: ©1963.
ISBN: 9780151003082
0151003084
Branch Call Number: F GOREY
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 14 x 16 cm
Alternative Title: After the outing

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gjfricano
Jul 15, 2019

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.

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jcbarnhart
Apr 24, 2015

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!

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jb_charles
Oct 23, 2013

The best book about children's death that I've ever read!

ruthiepaint Aug 31, 2011

An A through Z, description of destruction.

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kalio
Jan 21, 2010

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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