Monday, 30 April 2012

“To take my work seriously would be the height of folly.” - Edward Gorey

Looking for something quirky to read?  I just read Edward Gorey's Amphigorey Again and it definitely fits that criteria.  This is his fourth collection in his Amphigorey series (Amphigorey, Amphigorey Too, and Amphigorey Also)  and is full of 29 stories.  You may be asking, who exactly is Edward Gorey?  He was an author and artist who is specifically known for his delightful macabre picture books.  If you are looking for a good introduction to his work then I recommend this collection since it includes an excellent assortment of his stories and drawings.  While his stories aren't for everyone (be warned when I say quirky, I mean it! They often don't make a lot of sense and keep you puzzled after you have finished.  If you are a Lewis Carroll fan then you will LOVE Edward Gorey!) his pictures are absolutely amazing.  Here are a few drawings from my favourite story 'Neglected Murderesses":

"Miss Q.P. Urkheimer brained her fiance after failing to pick up an easy spare at Glover's Lanes, Poxville, Kansa, 1936."

"Nurse J. Rosebeetle tilted her employer out of a Bath chair and over a cliff at Sludgemouth in 1898."

Aren't his illustrations amazing?? These examples aren't the best quality but if you google Edward Gorey then you will find a great assortment of pictures.  Check him out!

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