Saturday, December 13, 2008

Project Live Small Salutes Edward Gorey (1925-2000)

Of Edward Gorey's many uniquely illustrated books, The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing (1963) is doubtless his most famous and most resonating. In it, he tells of twenty six "tinies" (one for each letter of the alphabet) who suffered twenty six unenviable demises. Though the world Mr. Gorey imagined is indeed a macabre one, it is also a world in which people are a good bit smaller than they are in our world today. And for that, he deserves our respect and gratitude.

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