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Amphigorey Again [Paperback]

Edward Gorey
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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest Books; Reprint edition (17 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156030217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156030212
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 20.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A truly prodigious and original artist, Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theatre productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humour have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.

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Amphigorey Again Figbash is acrobatic, topiaries are tragic, hippopotami are admonitory, and galoshes are remorseful in this celebration of a unique talent that never fails to delight, amuse, and confound readers. This latest collection displays in glorious abundance the offbeat characters and droll humor of Edward Gorey. Full description

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last of The Last 15 Nov 2008
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If you're looking at this item the chances are you already know a bit about the extraordinary Mr Gorey and may even own the previous books in the 'Amphigorey' series.

This final book is the fourth such collection and was compiled after the man's death. It's really just a scrap book of his last works and it shows.

That's not to say it isn't good. His standards were so high that most illustrators would give a kidney to approach it's quality.

However, looking back it's clear that the first Amphigorey is the finest.

So who are you? Are you new to Gorey? Then buy the first and decide if you want to go further.

Are you someone who owns the first three? Well, your path has been laid out for you. You must buy this one also.

Are you someone who owns not only the first three but also has numerous hardback editions of the original stories? Then you must not only buy this but also 'The Elephant House'.

And if you're completely crazy you must track down the wonderful BBC Radio 4 play/documentary entitled 'The Gorey Details'. For you the search for all things Gorey may never end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Edward Gorey's last 11 Feb 2010
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If you are familiar with Edward Gorey's work, you will know what to expect. This is his last amphigorey, or collection, of his characteristically brief works. The humour is dark, surreal, simultaneously macabre and gentle. Gorey specializes in the tragedies, atrocities, and abrupt comings off the rails that befall the intensely respectable. The drawing style is instantly recognizable as his own. There is some subdued colour. The line is less deft than usual, in some of the works. That could be a sign of dwindling health, I suppose; I am reminded of James Thurber's comments on his own deteriorating eyesight. But the last offering (a compendium of the letter Zed, fittingly enough), is up to standard, albeit unfinished.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All is Discovered! Amphigorey Again Reviewed 30 Oct 2006
By Glen Emil - Published on Amazon.com
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Amphigorey Again is the fourth, and possibly last, anthology of works by American author and artist Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000). Picking up where the previous anthology Amphigorey Also (1983) left off, Amphigorey Again reaches as far back as 1968 with the inclusion of The Other Statue and Categor y in 1974, at the same time encompassing the last of Gorey's work with The Headless Bust (1999).

What lies within?

The Galoshes of Remorse, a periodical illustration

Signs of Spring, a newspaper feature

Seasonal Confusion, a newspaper feature

Random Walk, a newspaper feature

Categor y, trade publication

Bibliophile (unlisted pen and ink and watercolor illustration)

The Other Statue, trade publication

10 Impossible Objects (abridged), pen and ink illustrations

The Universal Solvent (abridged), privately published

Scènes de Ballet, privately published postcards

Verse Advice, a newspaper feature

The Deadly Blotter: Thoughtful Alphabet XVII, privately published

Creativity, a periodical pen and ink illustration

The Retrieved Locket, privately published

The Water Flowers, trade publication

The Haunted Tea-Cozy, trade publication

Christmas Wrap-Up, a pen and ink and watercolor illustration

The Headless Bust, trade publication

The Just Dessert: Thoughtful Alphabet XI, privately published

The Admonitory Hippopotamus, a previously unpublished work

Neglected Murderesses, privately published postcards

Tragédies Topiaries, privately published postcards

The Raging Tide, trade publication

The Unknown Vegetable, privately published

Random Walk, a newspaper feature

Serious Life: A Cruise, a newspaper feature

Figbash Acrobate, privately published

La Malle Saignante, a previously unpublished work

The Izzard Book, by Mrs. Regera Dowdy, a previously unpublished work

Two previously unpublished works, The Admonitory Hippopotamus and The Izzard Book, are supposedly unfinished. The other unpublished work, La Malle Saignante is wonderfully conceived and realized; I wonder why it never made it to the bookshelves. But it is The Admonitory Hippopotamus I am especially fond. A compact epic, a touching and vivid portrayal, it is all text. Originally announced in the first Amphigorey back in 1972, I always kept a third eye out for its debut. Though it lacks illustrations, I easily let my mind cast the parts of Angelica and Sneezby with Gorey demoiselles and hippo in the manner of The Nursery Frieze (1964) - and am pleased as punch it's included.

The newspaper and periodical features are satisfying treasures. Unless one was diligently clipping NY Times Magazine and NY Times Book Review and the like, one would've missed most of these. These seasonal limericks and short stories remind me how versatile Gorey was with the English, and occasionally French, languages. His Dogear Wryde postcard series, like Tragédies Topiaries, are strong examples of Gorey's ability to tell stories in a similarly abbreviated medium, nearly all resemble well-articulated storyboards.

Amphigorey Again can also be called The Colorful Compendium - it has twelve works in full spectrum Gorey palette. Works in color previously appeared only once in the first anthology, twice in the third. The twelve works in this volume vary wildly in range and palette, but I find Gorey's subdued tints very nicely done, especially in Galoshes and Random Walk.

But what I really like are the acres of black & white, pen & ink hatching & cross-hatching - and Gorey went to town in La Malle Saignante. Its story could have fallen from a Louis Feuillade notebook, but the artwork is thick with Gorey's graphic motifs used in earlier works like The West Wing (1963) and The Gilded Bat (1966). The density of hatch & x-hatch, if measured in strokes-per-inch, seems as painful as it is beautiful to regard. One can only hope Gorey enjoyed creating these as much as we enjoy soaking them in. Like so many other Edward Gorey classics, the closer one looks, the more one is drawn in.

" The hippopotamus peered out at her from

behind the altar. `Fly at once!' he said. `All is discovered.' "

-- from The Admonitory Hippopotamus: or, Angelica and Sneezby

G Emil,

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully dour 19 Nov 2006
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Edward Gorey, New England's master of subtle horror and understated eccentricities, doodled his last doodle, penned his last verse and sketched his last sketch in 2000. But some of his work still remained to be discovered -- that is, until unearthed and bound in "Amphigorey Again," his latest (and quite likely last) volume of uncollected and previously unpublished work.

Here, Gorey's imagination runs free. The opening piece -- a brief verse and drab portrait -- reads simply thus: Frivolity, at the edge of a Moral Swamp, hears Hymn-Singing in the Distance and dons the Galoshes of Remorse. How perfectly evocative and bewildering!

There are 50 small sketches of a smiling, oddly postured cat. Grim doings are afoot at the annual charity fete at Backwater Hall. A single page celebrates the merits of "The Universal Solvent." Advice is tendered, dance is encapsulated. There's an endless tide of white sauce. A Christmas haunting, and an international gang of wallpaper thieves. Neglected murderesses. And entire stories unfold in the space of an alphabet.

This big book of Gorey concludes with two unfinished works, "La Malle Saignante," a bilingual serial pastiche that is abruptly cut off, and "The Izzard Book," an illustrated homage to the letter Z that fades into sketches.

Everything of course is accompanied by Gorey's tidy, careful, expressive art. Mostly black and white, the work features countless textures and shades of grey. The color, when included, is mostly drab and moody. His characters are often tense and unhappy people, bearing the pained look of a bellyache.

Unless some miraculous collection of unknown work is discoveed, "Amphigorey Again" is Gorey's last volume of new work. It is a vast and fulfilling piece of work, a portable museum of his quirky genius.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Frequently ghastly happenings imply jeopardy." 26 Nov 2006
By Luan Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
Those with a taste for the droll stories and illustrations of Edward Gorey will appreciate this latest volume, previously uncollected works and two unpublished stories, "The Izzard Book", a whimsical take on the letter Z and "La Malle Saignante", a bilingual treatment of early French silent serial movies. Only Gorey's creative and quirky talent could produce the singular images, including rough sketches and unfinished panels, all indicative of a mind churning with intellectual and amazing images, a unique blending of humor and art that touches Gorey's work with true genius.

Delightful, charming and amusing, Gorey's approach to art as a view to the world-at-large is an experience to be savored. Soulful eyes, elongated bodies, strangely formed topiaries, elegant, stylish ladies, mustachioed gentlemen and bizarre beasties, from the cantankerous and irreverent to the sublimely confused... all are delightful. In "The Just Dessert (Thoughtful Alphabet XI)", we are treated to a series of curious images and text: "Bewail complications"; "Drivel endlessly"; "Frequent ghastly happenings imply jeopardy"; "Keep laughing mechanically"; Take umbrage"; and "Vilify." Indeed, such selective use of language fortifies the quirky illustrations with otherworldly delight, a grand adventure of the mind and spirit.

For anyone who is unfamiliar with the distinctive work of Edward Gorey, Amphigorey Again is an invitation to the imagery and whims of a man whose perceptions are skewed by a particular and hilarious genius, an appreciation of the ordinary as extraordinary, a perfect blend of language and art, a joyful romp through the vast chambers of genius constantly reinventing itself. For those who already love Gorey, this volume is a welcome addition to a marvelous collection of work. Luan Gaines/ 2006.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Amphigory 26 Dec 2006
By Sheherazahde - Published on Amazon.com
The two most pressing questions I had about this book were 1) was it "new" (not previously published) work, and 2) how incomplete is the art.

The answers are 1) Yes it is all new work and 2) very few of the pieces are sketchy or incomplete.

I am very pleased with this volume. It completes my collection of all four of the Amphigory volumes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late Works: Amusing, but a few books have omissions 4 Nov 2010
By Richard M. Boothe - Published on Amazon.com
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Amaphigorey Again contains 28 late (or mature phase?) works by Edward Gorey. Personally, I prefer his early and middle period creations, when he had not allowed his indulgence in his own idiosyncrasies to reach epic proportions. Some late works I find hard to relate to, despite my taste for high weirdness. Case in point: "The Raging Tide: or, The Black Doll's Imbroglio," with utterly no explanation of who the various beings involved are or why the events mostly take place in and around giant statues of thumbs. (The Black Doll's only appearance is on the cover art).
Two of the works, "10 Impossible Objects" and "The Universal Solvent" are listed as abridged. I found the alphabetical works, "The Deadly Blotter" and "The Just Deserts" also missing pages, although I don't know if this was Gorey's doing, or if the folks at Harcourt discovered there weren't enough pages in the projected book to reproduce every last image and made cuts. Or requested Gorey to make cuts.
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