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By Edward Gorey

ISBN-10: 0399504338

ISBN-13: 9780399504334

The name of this deliciously creepy choice of Gorey's paintings stems from the observe amphigory, that means a nonsense verse or composition. As constantly, Gorey's painstakingly move- hatched pen and ink drawings are ideally suited to his oddball verse and prose. The first ebook of 15, "The Unstrung Harp," describes the writing strategy of novelist Mr. Clavius Frederick Earbrass: "He needs to be mad to move on enduring the unexquisite soreness of writing while all of it seems drivel." In "The directory Attic," you'll locate a collection of quirky limericks akin to "A definite younger guy, it used to be famous, / Went approximately within the warmth thickly lined; / He stated, 'You may perhaps scoff, / yet I shan't take it off; / beneath i'm horribly bloated.' "

a lot of Gorey's stories contain premature deaths and dreadful mishaps, yet very similar to tragic Irish ballads with their perky rhythms and melodies, they arrive off as unusually lighthearted. "The Gashlycrumb Tinies," for instance, starts off like this: "A is for AMY who fell down the steps, B is for BASIL assaulted via bears," etc. An eccentric, humorous publication for both the uninitiated or diehard Gorey fanatics.

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Efim pointed them out to me at once, because I was now seeing Kraft as well for the first time in my life. I got up from my seat and went over to make their acquaintance. I'll never forget Kraft's face: no special beauty, but something as if all too meek and delicate, though personal dignity showed everywhere. Twenty-six years old, rather lean, of above-average height, blond, his face grave but soft; overall there was something gentle in him. And yet, if you had asked me, I would never have traded my maybe even very banal face for his face, which I found so attractive.

Mais quelle idée! 10 Even if it's right, isn't it too severe? " "I haven't noticed any of that, and I've lived with him for a month now," I replied, listening impatiently. It was terribly vexing that he hadn't quite come to his senses and mumbled so incoherently. "He just doesn't say it now, but, believe me, it's so. The man is clever, indisputably, and deeply educated; but is that the right kind of intelligence? It all happened to him after his three years abroad. And, I confess, he shocked me very much...

The prince was very religious and sentimental. In his office hung an enormous icon case with an icon lamp. But something would come over him—and he'd suddenly begin to doubt God's existence and say astonishing things, obviously challenging me to reply. My attitude to this idea was rather indifferent, generally speaking, but even so the two of us would get carried away, and always sincerely. Generally, even now I recall all those conversations with pleasure. But the sweetest thing of all for him was to chat about women, and since I, given my dislike of conversations on that topic, could not be a good interlocutor, he would sometimes even get upset.

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