Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert & The Deadly Blotter

Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert & The Deadly Blotter
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Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert & The Deadly Blotter
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By Edward Gorey

Hardcover smyth-sewn casebound book, with jacket. 64 pages, 5 x 5 inches. Features 30 black-and-white illustrations by Edward Gorey.

ISBN 9780764963360

Product Description

  • 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.

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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.