For readers of any age, a witty and strikingly irreverent collection of moral guidance Most notable among prolific English satirist Hilaire Belloc's writings are the sharp and clever admonishments he composed for children. Collected here and illustrated to wonderful haunting effect by Edward Gorey, these short, funny pieces offer moral instruction for all types of mischief makers--from a certain young Jim, who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion, to the tale of Matilda, who told lies and was burned to death"--and add up to a delightful read for any fan of Roald Dahl or Shel Silverstein.
A vaguely sinister comedy of manners by beloved artist Edward Gorey Told in a set of fourteen rhyming couplets, The Doubtful Guest is the story of a solemn, mysterious, outdoor creature, dressed rather ordinarily in sneakers and a scarf, who appears on a winter night at a family's Victorian home and never leaves again. Gorey's eerie and charming illustrations accompany the verses, making this an enjoyably strange (and strangely enjoyable) read for all ages.
Edward Gorey's first miniature book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is an illustrated adventure through the English alphabet, accompanied by rhyming adventure through the English alphabet, accompanied by rhyming couplets penned by Gorey, who described his creations as "literary nonsense." Inspired by popular moral primers for children, Gorey created an updated version of Isaac Watt's alphabetic adhorisms. Part sweet songs of unseen birds and part cautionary tales, this abecedarium fully lives up to the epithet "eclectic."
The Doubtful Guest, Amy and Basil Gashlycrumb, Dracula and Lucy, Jumblies, the Great Veiled Bear--this curious cast of characters joins a slew of other peculiar people and beasts in this big beauty of a book. Thirty large-format reproductions display Edward Gorey's signature crosshatched drawings, elegant watercolors, and endless wit--all perfect for framing, or to treasure as a collection.
Published to accompany an exhibition held in 2009 in the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, this oversized (8.75x10.75") volume offers an essay on Gorey and many pages full of his inimitable work--including many studies--from his earliest bookcovers to his most recent theatre backdrops. The volume is not indexed. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This lovely collection offers an inside view into the friendship between author and artist as well as rare insight on several of their respective and collaborated books and the processes involved in creating and publishing them. Beginning as a professional correspondence in 1968 when Gorey was hired to Illustrate Neumeyer's Donald and the..., the letters span a thirteen-month period during which the oft speculated about Gorey reveals his passion for ballet, literature, and Zen as two complete three children's stories together and trade their favorite books. The volume is a quality production-- thick glossy paper, Smythe sown -- and includes numerous color illustrations, sketches and photographs; perhaps the most charming of which are reproductions of the envelopes that Gorey heavily illustrated and which Neumeyer states in his introduction that he very much looked forward to receiving. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This sorry tale of petite Charlotte Sophia's catastrophic, short life is classic Gorey. The poor child is orphaned and treated mercilessly by schoolmates and ruffians alike, and only barely survives--for a time, anyway--by the skin of her baby teeth. Even her doll suffers a grusome end. The little girl's journeiy is perfect fodder for Edward Gorey's brilliant penwork, so detailed and perfectly wrought that it's hard to believe he could master these images at such a small size (the illustrations reproduced in the book ar the same size as his original drawings). The Hapless Child is widely regarded as one of Gorey's best books; happily it is now back in print after an absence of many years, so that we can all enjoy weeping for CHarlotte Sophia again...and again, and again.
W.F. HARVEY, "August Heat"
CHARLES DICKENS, "The Signalman"
L.P. HARTLEY, "A Visitor from Down Under"
R.H. MALDEN, "The Thirteenth Tree"
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON, "The Body-Snatcher"
E. NESBIT, "Man-Size in Marble"
BRAM STOKER, "The Judge's House"
TOM HOOD, "The Shadow of a Shade"
W.W. JACOBS, "The Monkey's Paw,"
WILKIE COLLINS, "The Dream Woman"
M.R. JAMES, "Casting the Runes"