- Gorey’s deft and witty use of language is apparent even in these twenty-six-word stories.
- The book combines two of Gorey’s Thoughtful Alphabets in one volume—never before published in hardcover.
- A must-have for all Goreyphiles!
Astonishingly brief, captivating, decidedly engaging, for Goreyphiles: here. Its jolly, keen language meanders neatly. One ponders, quietly, rather strange tableaux. Uses verbs winsomely. Excited, you? Zowee!What’s this all about?
In the mid-1990s Edward Gorey launched a numbered series of “Thoughtful Alphabets” featuring cryptic twenty-six-word stories wherein the first word begins with A,
the last with Z.
The first six Thoughtful Alphabets published (numbers 2, 3, 4, 10, 14, and 15) were hand-lettered posters with clip-art illustrations. Numbers XI and XVII, however, emerged as signed limited-edition books featuring—happily for us—Gorey’s own drawings. First published by The Fantod Press but long out of print, these two gems are revived in Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert and The Deadly Blotter.
In each, Gorey’s inimitable drawings weave a tale of suspense and intrigue; the story proceeds as the alphabet progresses.View other Edward Gorey publications