The Eclectic Abecedarium

The Eclectic Abecedarium
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The Eclectic Abecedarium
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By Edward Gorey

Printed hardcase book with jacket. 56 pages with 28 color illustrations.

Size: 4 x 5 inches

ISBN 9780764945977

Product Description

Edward Gorey’s first miniature book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is an illustrated adventure through the English alphabet, accompanied by rhyming couplets penned by Gorey, who described his creations as “literary nonsense.” Inspired by popular moral primers for children, Gorey created an updated version of Isaac Watts’ alphabetic aphorisms. Part sweet songs of unseen birds and part cautionary tales, this abecedarium fully lives up to the epithet “eclectic.”

Originally published as a miniature, limited edition book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is now being published for the first time as a trade book.

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About Edward Gorey

EDWARD ST. JOHN GOREY (1925–2000) is famous for the honored bounty of books he wrote and illustrated, featuring his distinctive humor and astonishingly detailed crosshatch ink drawings. Creator of more than one hundred works, Gorey also was a successful contributor to theater from Cape Cod to Broadway; his production of Dracula on Broadway garnered two Tony Awards (Best Revival and Best Costumes). He is also well known as the creator of the animation images in the PBS series Mystery! Read his full bio here.