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Favorite Gorey Works?

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Feb. 6, 2008, 1:44pm

I hope it's OK if I post a topic here. I just want to get an idea of the group's tastes.

At the moment, my 3 favorites are The iron tonic, or, A winter afternoon in Lonely Valley, The Inanimate Tragedy, and The West Wing.

What are your favorites?

Feb. 10, 2008, 5:43pm

I'm really fond of "The Wuggly Ump" and "The Gashlycrumb Tinies."

Nov. 23, 2008, 8:52am

The Wuggly Ump is good. The Willowdale Handcar is my sentimental favorite because it was the first Edward Gorey I got in about 1970. Three Books from Fantod Press includes The Untitled Book which I recommend in the small format. It is very playful, in an Edward Pig sort of way.

Apr. 30, 2009, 11:07am

for me it would have to be either the Tunnel Calamity or the Dwindling Party... Very interactive and fun!

Mai 3, 2009, 9:07pm

If you want fun and interactive--there are a couple of Gorey books I would recommend--the Helpless Doorknob--which is a deck of cards you can suffle and tell a story no matter what comes up. The Raging Tide which asks questions on each page which advances or digresses you through the story. There are a couple of cutaway books which are interactive, such as The Dripping Faucet which are in several parts per page. Lots of fun!!

Aug. 15, 2014, 8:54pm

I would love to revive this group/post!

I ADORE The Doubtful Guest. I also enjoyed The Gashlycrumb Tinies and The West Wing.

I do find some of Gorey's work a little boring and dry, though, such as The Epiplectic Bicycle.

Sept. 7, 2016, 3:06pm

I'm particularly fond of The Awdrey-Gore Legacy, knowing how fond HE was of Agatha Christie. In some of the books it's the text that gets me (The Unstrung Harp), in others the artistic concept (The Sopping Thursday), in some the astonishing drawing (The West Wing), & in some the synergy of the sum (The Gilded Bat, The Blue Aspic).

And that's not to mention costumes for The Mikado, sets for Dracula, book covers . . .

Sept. 11, 2016, 7:05pm

Favorite Edward Gorey illustrations? It's a series of children's picture books that begin with The Shrinking of Treehorn. Too funny.