By Edward Gorey
The name of this deliciously creepy number of Gorey's paintings stems from the note amphigory, that means a nonsense verse or composition. As continually, Gorey's painstakingly go- hatched pen and ink drawings are ideally suited to his oddball verse and prose. The first booklet of 15, "The Unstrung Harp," describes the writing strategy of novelist Mr. Clavius Frederick Earbrass: "He has to be mad to head on enduring the unexquisite pain of writing while all of it seems drivel." In "The directory Attic," you'll locate a suite of quirky limericks resembling "A convinced younger guy, it was once famous, / Went approximately within the warmth thickly covered; / He acknowledged, 'You may well scoff, / yet I shan't take it off; / beneath i'm horribly bloated.' "
lots of Gorey's stories contain premature deaths and dreadful mishaps, yet very like tragic Irish ballads with their perky rhythms and melodies, they arrive off as surprisingly lighthearted. "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," for instance, starts like this: "A is for AMY who fell down the steps, B is for BASIL assaulted through bears," and so forth. An eccentric, humorous publication for both the uninitiated or diehard Gorey enthusiasts.
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