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Sunday, May 15, 2016

THE GASHLYCRUMB TINIES

Edward Gorey (1925-2000)

I have been an Edward Gorey fanatic for an infinitely long time. The Gashlycrumb Tinies was the very first Gorey creation that I was ever subjected to, and - having an inherent disdain for children - I was immediately intrigued.

This is Gorey's macabre Victorian alphabet tribute to children, with no happy endings in sight.
(actually this book was originally first published in 1963).

You can read more about Edward Gorey and see a few of his illustrations on my other blog at this link:
http://lonewolfconcerto.blogspot.com/2016/05/real-gorey.html 

The Gashlycrumb Tinies



27 comments:

  1. mistress maddie should see the last panel; NEVER any such thing as too much gin! "alas, poor yorick, I knew him well..."

    INTERESTING! I can't stand kids either; glad I never had any.

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    1. Well, if you're going to have a lethal dose, I suppose gin is the best way to go.

      Even when I was a child, I couldn't stand kids - and I'm not joking!

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    1. I love dark humor. Gorey's imagination reflects my soul.

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  3. I wouldn't read these to a child, but they are delightfully macabre!! ;)

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    1. Gorey didn't like children, but ironically some of his books are very popular with kids (I don't know about this particular one...)

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  5. I have seen this book before and it is creepy but fun too. We with weird sense of humor must stick together. I can't stand kids either. Two recently examples of this. A co-worker brought her child by the store to pick some stuff up, and asked me to hold her. I was holding her a distance ans asked "What am I to do with it?" And the other day a lady was in with a squalling brat that wouldn't let up.A half hour of yodeling. I said to my assistant, " This is why some species eat their young" I should get this book and give as gifts to my friends with kids. Any wonder they call me Crulla de Ville at work? And the gin.....its a myth, trust me.

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    1. I KNEW you would see my point about the gin! :)

      kids suck; cats are better.

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    2. I've always loved the macabre and I especially like black humor (nothing racial intended).

      I've never had any fondness for kids - and I think the entire world should be segregated with "children only" sections and "adult" sections.

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    3. Well then this will tickle you. Many establishments here in New Hope are infamous for no letting kids under 10 in!!!!!!!! Yay!

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  6. I can understand the humor in the words but the illustrations kind of creep me out. I can't watch scary movies for this reason. Heck, seeing Johnny Depp in his Mad Hatter getup is enough to give me nightmares. But this has piqued my interest into looking up more about Mr. Gorey. I'm curious if he ever married. I assume children were not an option.

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    1. I always find a lot of humor in his illustrations - - but I'm strongly drawn to things that are unusual and macabre.
      I liked that Alice in Wonderland movie with Johnny Depp, but it definitely isn't for children (at least I don't think so).

      Edward Gorey never married. He was gay, but refused to admit it publicly. He usually claimed that he didn't know his sexual orientation or that he was "sexless".

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  7. Most weekdays I feel a real kinship with poor Neville.
    Then again, gin is usually available. :)

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    1. I'm positive that "Ennui" is my middle name.
      Gin is a glorious tonic, but I suppose children should only have it in small doses.....

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  8. Any man, or woman, who knows the true value of children hates them.

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  9. "The trouble with children is that they're not returnable." - Quentin Crisp

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  10. Interesting. A tad bit radical for a grandma such as I. I admit I'm old. Fashioned that way. BUT I confess to knowing a Zillah who grew up. Something about GIN.

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  11. You were blessed with maternal instincts. Unfortunately, I wasn't....
    Zillah was lucky to have grown up.

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  12. Doctor Seuss he wasn't, but what a delectable sense of dark humor. At least, I HOPE it was just humor... (He wasn't an evil kid-killer, was he?)

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