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Amphigorey - Edward Gorey
Amphigorey
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The title of this deliciously creepy collection of Gorey's work stems from the word amphigory, meaning a nonsense verse or composition. As always, Gorey's painstakingly cross- hatched pen and ink drawings are perfectly suited to his oddball verse and prose. The first book of 15, "The Unstrung... show more
The title of this deliciously creepy collection of Gorey's work stems from the word amphigory, meaning a nonsense verse or composition. As always, Gorey's painstakingly cross- hatched pen and ink drawings are perfectly suited to his oddball verse and prose. The first book of 15, "The Unstrung Harp," describes the writing process of novelist Mr. Clavius Frederick Earbrass: "He must be mad to go on enduring the unexquisite agony of writing when it all turns out drivel." In "The Listing Attic," you'll find a set of quirky limericks such as "A certain young man, it was noted, / Went about in the heat thickly coated; / He said, 'You may scoff, / But I shan't take it off; / Underneath I am horribly bloated.' " Many of Gorey's tales involve untimely deaths and dreadful mishaps, but much like tragic Irish ballads with their perky rhythms and melodies, they come off as strangely lighthearted. "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," for example, begins like this: "A is for AMY who fell down the stairs, B is for BASIL assaulted by bears," and so on. An eccentric, funny book for either the uninitiated or diehard Gorey fans.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780399504334 (0399504338)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Pages no: 220
Edition language: English
Series: Amphigorey (#1)
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Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it
3.5 Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
This is basically an anthology of short, illustrated stories. As with any anthology, some stories are better than others. I found I tended to enjoy Gorey's longer stories more than his short poems. My favorites in this book were “The Unstrung Harp,” “The Hapless Child,” “The Curious Sofa,” “The Gash...
Degrees of Affection
Degrees of Affection rated it
4.0 Amphigorey - Nonsense verse or composition; check!
I was introduced to Edward Gorey by his illustrations for Mystery on Masterpiece Theater. I loved their unique look, the mysterious quality about them, and though I had no words for it at the time, their carefully implied violence. I hate it every time I see the ‘new’ edited down version used now. ...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it
4.5 Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
Genre: Horror / Fantasy Year Published: 1972 Year Read: 2012 Series: Amphigorey #1 EDWARD GOREY’S BEST WORKS JAM-PACKED INTO ONE VOLUME! After reading Edward Gorey’s morbid classic “The Gashlycrumb Tinies” (which is also surprisingly in this volume), I just had to read more of Edward Gorey’s w...
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4.0 Amphigorey
I found the stories included to be a lovely, dark sort of humorous, with his sentences and choice of words playful and captivating, and the illustrations beautiful. Unfortunately, I can only give this anthology edition four stars because the quality of printing is distracting at times. I've compar...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
5.0
Not great literature, but there's more than one way to earn five stars. This guy's artwork is just delightful, and his twisted imagination and black humor are superb. This is a collection of fifteen of his short books in one volume. If the people at my library knew what was in this book, they mig...
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