In we celebrate the golden anniversary of the publication of The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey’s most iconic alphabet book and likely his best known. In , prolific mid-century illustrator and author Edward Goreypublished an alphabet book so grimly antithetical to the very premise of the. A is for AMY who fell down the stairs. THE GASHLYCRUMB TINIES by Edward Gorey. B is for Basil assaulted by bears. Page 2. TELE. C is for CLARA who.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Gashlycrumb Tinies. This would have been gashlycgumb a funny way to learn the alphabet, although I’d probably be a hypochondriac or a sociopath by now. Far from illustrating the dramatic and fantastical childhood nightmares, these scenarios instead poke fun at the banal paranoias that come as a part of parenting. During my childhood, they used to scare the hell out of me – in those days the enlightened souls who wrote children’s books were of the opinion that scaring the living daylights out of a kid was the best way to ensure that he grew up to be an upright human being.


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The Gashlycrumb Tinies: A Very Gorey Alphabet Book – A Useful Fiction

This is not for everyone, but if you like quirky and different, I think you will enjoy this master’s work. The pictures complete the sadistic fun of it. The Edward Gorey Binding Project. What is it about this masterwork that has kept gprey attention for a half-century despite condemnation that it is far too dark?

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He is meant to be experienced, his artistic style, his particular way of writing, his uniqueness Dark children’s books fans!!! Gaslhycrumb is also on: Skip to main content.

Anyway, it was fun, morbid and diverting unless you knew a child who died from axes or tacks, lakes or mistakes. The moral of this, children – just don’t be born into an Goreh Gorey story. Dec 12, Calista rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hardcover32 pages.

I mean, this book is perfect- a perfect cocktail of morbidity, poetry, beautiful art and the funnies. Feb 10, Miriam rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Gashlycrumb Tinies has, in fact, been published in ten languages other than English. Jan 10, Sara Alaee rated it really liked it Shelves: I like to use this book as a barometer of whether or not I can be friends with someone. It’s very fun and funny and for all ages. However, the accompanying art only sets the stage for the tragedies.


Y is for Yorick whose head edwrad knocked in. Children who tragically parted with life Published November 5th by Bloomsbury first published But happy day ironicallyit comes in book form.

I used to have this in poster form, but alas, it too fell to disaster. One of my favorites. As you would expect from Gorey, this is a dark, twisted and utterly delightful A-Z series of gashlyxrumb and couplets telling how children met their fate, as in the “B” and “G” in Grafton’s quote.

An goreyy romp through various escapades undertaken by diffent people, all of whom look likely to meet an untimely end such as “N is for Neville who died of ennui” my favourite as he stares out of a window prior to presuambly departing this life!

Refresh and try again. Bah, fairy tales with high unrealistic quotients. But I loved it.