By Edward Gorey
The identify of this deliciously creepy selection of Gorey's paintings stems from the note amphigory, that means a nonsense verse or composition. As continuously, Gorey's painstakingly move- 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 move on enduring the unexquisite ache of writing while all of it seems drivel." In "The directory Attic," you'll locate a suite of quirky limericks corresponding to "A sure younger guy, it was once famous, / Went approximately within the warmth thickly covered; / He stated, 'You may perhaps scoff, / yet I shan't take it off; / beneath i'm horribly bloated.' "
a lot 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 off like this: "A is for AMY who fell down the steps, B is for BASIL assaulted via bears," etc. An eccentric, humorous e-book for both the uninitiated or diehard Gorey fanatics.
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Yes, envy. I am looking from the outside at the life of an ordinary evening in an ordinary little city, and I realize I am cut off from ordinary evenings for God knows how long, and I think of thousands of cities like this, of hundreds of thousands of lighted places where at this hour people allow the evening's darkness to descend and have none of the thoughts in their head that I have in mine; maybe they have other thoughts that aren't at all enviable, but at this moment I would be willing to trade with any one of them.
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Amphigorey by Edward Gorey