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Amphigorey: Fifteen Stories [Paperback]

Edward Gorey
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1 Nov 2004
A collection of the Edward Gorey`s haunting and surreal graphic stories and verses.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books,U.S. (1 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399504338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399504334
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 20.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,305 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorey Classics in this stunning anthology 1 Aug 2004
By Arbie
This is possibly the most re-readable book I own. It was the first "Amphigorey" (they've irritatingly spelt it incorrectly, without the "E", on this Amazon page) I bought, and by far my favourite. It is a collection of 15 books, that contain either verse or lyrical prose, accompanied by excellent monochrome pen-and-ink drawings (with the exception of 2 full-colour children's works), that are full of intricate cross-hatching and meticulous detail. Gorey has a great conservatism to his writing, as usually only a single sentence accompanies each image. They are all equally funny and haunting in their own individual ways, and seem to run the spectrum of "negative" emotions from the creepily ethereal to the sickeningly macabre.
It includes probably the most enjoyable Gorey books available - my three favourites, "The Doubtful Guest", which is very funny, and the verse very well-written (sample couplet: "At times it would tear out whole chapters from books/Or put roomfuls of pictures askew on their hooks"), "The Willowdale Handcar", about three companions that go on an impromptu journey that lasts months, the content of which is loaded with sometimes indecipherable symbolism, and "The Remembered Visit", which I find, for some odd reason, the most haunting and emotive of his books despite having a very distant feel.
But that is not all - included in this anthology is the classic "The Gashlycrumb Tinies", an A to Z of the gruesome deaths of 26 children, which many may recognise (you can find it published in full on the internet for free if you want a taster of Gorey's work).
Gorey's work, being extremely short in actual reading length, rewards those readers that take time to closely examine and scrutinise the detailed illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amphigory 22 Jun 2003
Alarmingly eccentric compilation of several short cautionary tales and limericks that can leave one feeling a little bewildered but exraordinarily fascinated by the dark thought processes that go on within the author's mind. The illustrations accentuate the dark prose both in their oddness and wonderful use of lines.
Effortlessly sinister-a gem by a genius.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poor print quality ruins genius 15 Jan 2012
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I would give this book five stars without hesitation, had it not been for the bad printing quality.
The content is marvellous, but much of the subtle line works, shading and details of the superb drawings simply disappear in this edition, mostly because the printing is far too dark. I compared many of the drawings with the same ones printed in another book, "Elegant Engmas, the art of Edward Gorey". The difference is striking. Suddenly you get all the nuances and details, on glossy paper that even further enhances the difference. I wonder if the hardcover version is better? Am I the only one to experience this? I really wish I had saved my money and bought the individual books, or the hardcover version, if I only knew that the print is better...
Such a wonderful artist is worth the absolute best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it's great 26 Mar 2013
By LizWx
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My first book and experience of Edward Goreys work. Different from anything I have come accross before. Its strange in a good way and the illustrations are what was really interested and I love them. Weird and wonderful book.
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