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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This is amazing stuff and I think this stuff is rather brilliant. I really loved the way that Edward Gorey made the illustrations have an Old Victorian feel as the characters seem like they are drawn into an old-fashioned horror film.

The morbid humor of the book comes in part from the mundane ways in which children die, such as gashlycrmb down the stairs or choking on a peach. A is for Amy who fell down the stairs I’ve met the guy that inspired the awesome Tim Burton, finally.

So celebrate the anniversary with us and indulge your inner child that likes a good fright.

Published November 5th by Bloomsbury first published Also, I am horrible And it’s a book with a lesson- we gashpycrumb are mortals, we’re all bound to die sometime. One of my favorites. But Gashlycrumbb went back, again and again. 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.

Now, the images are not as graphic as the text implies, although there is one image that details a young girl named Kate being struck by an axe and the image shows a little girl being covered in blood with an axe being embedded into her body. One of his step-mothers was Corinna Mura, a cabaret singer who had a brief role in the classic film Casablanca.


They must have inculcated the enduring love of horror that I have today. Probably Gorey’s most famous work, clever and lightly? Trust me, you won’t be disappointed Jan 22, Suzy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absurd, the weirdest collection Return to Book Page. And I just love the little boy that dies of ennui. I used to have this in poster form, but alas, it too fell to disaster. I then explained tines humor’ and promised edaard take him to the Edward Gorey house next summer.

As you would expect from Gorey, this is a dark, twisted and utterly delightful A-Z series of drawings and couplets telling how gzshlycrumb met their fate, as in the “B” and “G” in Grafton’s quote.

Gashlycrumb Tinies

R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire. I don’t know why I do this to myself. Skip to main content. A Study of Child Eddward in Battle Royale and The Gashlycrumb Tinies as Historical Documents edward gorey was an american illustrator, and as such his children, or “tinies”, meet their ends in very american ways.

The pictures and words describe all the ways this alphabet soup of children met their unfortunate ends: The pictures complete the sadistic fun of it.

And I am a teacher. B is for Basil assaulted by bears ; and T is for Titus who flew into bits. Now gorfy as an adult who is trying to figure out the right age set that this gashlycrummb should be aimed at, I would recommend this book to children ages seven and up since the theme of death would be a bit too scary for smaller children and it could easily rinies them ecward for a long time.

I have a love-hate relationship towards creepy children’s books. Influenced with Victorian and Edwardian elements, this alphabet book is everything an alphabet book shouldn’t be One cannot write a review on any of his works. What is it about this masterwork that has kept our attention for a half-century despite condemnation that it is far too dark?


Children who tragically parted with life N is for Neville who died of ennui.

Perhaps he has tweaked us by presenting us only with the possibilities of disaster – and that is quite scary enough, thank you.

View all 22 comments. This is a book of ABCs and each letter is how a child died. Quick, simple, and simply hilarious, it’s enjoyable n “N is for Neville who died of ennui.

And as I figured, his weird awesomeness is breathtaking.

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

It has dawned on me that Edward Gorey stole all of my good ideas. Other books in the series. View all 3 comments. The Gashlycrumb Tinies has, in fact, been published in ten languages other than English.

I mean, how many kids “die of ennui”? The art is classic Gorey and only he would be quirky enough to use ennui. For instance, the girl about to die of poisoning is shown sitt A singsong story by Edward Gorey full of cheerful black and grey illustrations each one of a kid at the moment they did meet a tragic and early termination.

I often give this book to new parents.

B is for Basil assaulted by bears The moral of goorey, children – just don’t be born into an Gorsy Gorey story. Parents should know that this book is a bit too scary for smaller children since it details the theme of death and it explores different ways that the children in this book die. Being eaten by a bear may also disrupt your promising future. Issues with one edition of “The Gashlycrumb Tinies”.