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Gashleycrumb Tinies

November 24, 2006

Is possibly my favourite picturebook of all time. Written & illustrated by Edward St. John Gorey in 1963, this is undoubtely one of his most famous pieces. Depicting the somewhat gruesome deaths of 26 children, one per letter of the alphabet, it is darkly humorous and eerily cute.

I wish I was as awesome as Mr. Gore. Apparently he was American, asexual, and despite his art, never visitied England. He, sadly, died in 2000, and I’m kinda crushed I didn’t eve hear about it.

So there you have it. The works of the genius himself.

I think, for a future art project, I shall do my own version of this. The first step would be choosing manners of death, and adhering them to the rhyme scheme. But that will be for another day, I think. For now, enjoy the magnificence.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2006 11:39 am

    yes he’s awesome! i have his desk calendar so each day i get a new illustration of his. some of his other work you might want to look at includes The Chinese Obelisks, The Deranged Cousins, The Doubtful Guest, The Evil Garden, and my favourite second only to The Gashleycrumb Tinies would be Neglected Murderesses.

    I really want to get a copy of his “pornographic” novel – “The Curious Sofa”.

    Any book that contains a line like “Gerald did a terrible thing to Elsie with a saucepan…” or “That evening in the library Scylla, one of the guests who had certain anatomical peculiarities, demonstrated the ‘Lithuanian Typewriter’, assisted by Ronald and Rupert, two remarkably well-set-up young men from the village.” is a must-read, and any that contains both … well, need I say more?

  2. whitishrabbit permalink
    March 14, 2007 11:03 pm

    You’re a little scary. Or this author is. Does this reflect your attitudes toward children, or just toward garish literature? *curious*

    “Garish literature”. Interesting label. Posting this indicates neither, but more a sense of humour. On a surface level, yes, these are all horrific ways to go, but… It’s hard to not see this as humerous as well – the art, the looks on their faces, the oddly rigid posture, the pure dark glee from how terrifyingly funny these are.

    Edward Gorey was a genius, a talent far unrecognised for what he did within his field of illustration, and this piece is his best. Yeah, a little disturbing. But read it a couple of times, and you’ll start finding it funny. I promise.

  3. October 7, 2008 7:53 pm

    thats great!

    Yes it is.

  4. October 15, 2008 1:57 pm



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