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I know that Edward Gorey liked to put announcement cards into many of his drawings, but I did not notice them in every book I will have to take. The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey’s Children The Hapless Child is the tragic story of a little orphaned girl who runs away from the. Compositions by Michael Mantler and lyrics from ‘Amphigorey’ by the fur-swathed Edward Gorey, who writes and draws the ‘miseries of.

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As a UK based Gorey collector, I am greatly enjoying your blog! Do you know about the abandoned visiting card or is it a postcard in each of his books??!!

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If so, do you know where it is in The Golden Bat it is the only one I can’t find? I know that Edward Gorey liked to put announcement cards into many of his drawings, but I did not notice them in every book I will have to take a look now that you groey it!

As a UK based collector, do you find many Gorey items locally, or do you have to use the internet and buy overseas for most of your Gorey material? Now that you have called it to my attention, I am indeed finding a calling card in every book as you say. I was able to find the card in The Gilded Bat. If you have a poorly printed copy of the book, you may not be able to see it.

It is on the page, “She became aware of what real ballet What is even more fun for me is that I have the piece of original artwork from The Broken Spoke with the calling card from that book! I will be showing the piece of art when I do a posting about that book! Gotham was, indeed the place for Gorey!


I tried to visit once a year. I only dabble in foreign editions when I run across them – are there Korean translations??? I seem to have hit the wrong button and sent it into the ether, rather than publishing it I am happy to have someone commenting!

Monday, November 10, The Hapless Child. With the publication of The Hapless Child inEdward Gorey’s considerable skill as an artist becomes fully realized. In his previously published volumes, EG had been experimenting with different drawing styles and levels of line work, but for this story Mr. Gorey pulls out all the stops and produces intricate drawings that are densely detailed.

Each illustration becomes a master class on how to render people, wallpapers, bricks, cloth, plant life and various atmospheric conditions using only black ink on white paper. All of this could become so over the top that it would stand in the way of the story being told, but due to Mr. Gorey’s sdward it enhances rather than detracts from the tale.

Remembering that artwork in his published books is reproduced life size to his original drawings, it is no small feat that Gorey was able to put so many details into each image. In The Hapless Childhe has finally gone over the edge and created a masterpiece of pattern, texture, light and shadow. This book is inspired by Mr. Gorey’s love of silent films and the book has a cinematic feel to it, both in the story telling and the illustrations.

Even with the plot twists and turns, I find The Hapless Child to be a rather straightforward tale, and for me it less engaging than his more non-linear stories which invite the reader to join in and “fill in the blanks”.


A fun fact about The Hapless Child is that every drawing in the book contains a small black creature cavorting about the scene. Part of the charm of this book is to locate the creature in each drawing, an artistic device that Mr.

Gorey did not repeat in any other book.

The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey’s Children

The Hapless Child is the second volume in haplews Ivan Obolensky triad. The Hapless Child was included in Amphigorey and is currently in print and available as an individual book. I have several editions of this title in my collection: The smaller blue copy in the photo is an Honor Astor reprint which is also signed.

The 1st hardcover in DJ was published by Dodd Mead in this book sometimes is called a reprint, but it is the first American hardcover edition. Also shown is the white Swiss 1st hardcover.

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The Hapless Child by Edward Gorey

About Me ampootozote View my complete profile. This is a spot where I post photos and edeard observations on pieces from my Edward Gorey collection. I welcome all discussions, questions, haplexs and corrections to the information posted.

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