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??!! 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 mention it!
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This sorry tale of petite Charlotte Sophia's catastrophic, short life is classic Gorey. The poor child is orphaned and treated mercilessly by schoolmates and ruffians alike, and only barely survives--for a time, anyway--by the skin of her baby teeth.
Even her doll suffers a grusome end. The little girl's journeiy is perfect fodder for Edward Gorey's brilliant penwork, so detailed and perfectly wrought that it's hard to believe he could master these images at such a small size the illustrations reproduced in the book ar the same size as his original drawings.
The Hapless Child is widely regarded as one of Gorey's best books; happily it is now back in print after an absence of many years, so that we can all enjoy weeping for CHarlotte Sophia again Read more Read less. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers.
Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. The thing that's brilliant about Edward Gory is that he can take the truly macabre, and put a clever twist on it - making it oddly entertaining. I pretty much devour anything by him that I can get my hands on. This one is a bit different from his other works in that it's a straightforward story about a young girl, who lives a life of abuse, and meets a tragic end.
There's really no clever twist to make you go back and want to revisit it. This one is actually depressingly sad, and that's about it.. This is one of Gorey's classic where he explores the life of a little orphan girl. Quite a touching story on so many levels wrapped up with Gorey's art style. It veers from his typical macabre dark story to a real sad story, depends on how you look at it. I used it for my execution list. Some people read Gorey's stuff and laugh their butts off, these are to be saved.
Others, all victims of having attended public schools and receiving leftist indoctrination, read the same books and go "Huh? Theses are the ones to be stood up against the wall at sunrise. Although it comes in many different versions, it is easy to tell that this novel will be a short and easy read. It may be easy, but the actual context of the book is deep. The author, Edward Gorey, uses both text and pictures to get his story across throughout the book. It is a nice change to have pictures in book because there aren't many picture books outside of the children's section in the library.
By combining the use of text and pictures when storytelling, Gorey allows the reader to interpret the story in a different way. The interesting use of pictures and text within the story makes Edward Gorey unique. They seem to work together in perfect harmony to allow the reader to understand the story fully.
Although both the pictures and the texts may stand alone, the have more power when they are used properly together like in The Hapless Child. The Hapless Child is a sad story with dark and ominous themes. The young child, Charlotte Sophia, lived a wonderful life with her parents when series of events led to her unfortunate downfall. She encounters many people along her life journey and just when you think that the story is going to take a turn for the better, it doesn't.
The ending leaves the reader hanging with no clues to what happens next. Edward Gorey writes in a way that sets him aside from many other authors. Most authors write in a way that finishes with a happy ending.
Gorey tends to focus more upon the gloom and doom style of writing. There always seems to be a dark shadowing following Charlotte Sophia throughout the story. If you look closely, maybe you can find it hidden in the pictures.
The Hapless Child is a very powerful story written by Edward Gorey. The elements that he uses work together to create a perfect storyline. He seems to use just enough detail without drowning the reader in words.
His use of intertextuality allows a fun and simple way of reading a story and is perfect small read to get the mind thinking about the possible downfalls and obstacles one may encounter in life. His strange use of humor among his satires make readers only want more of Edward Gorey and his unique writing styles. I love Edward Gorey stories and books. They are always unexpected and generate great discussions with little kids.
My great-grandson asks if I have any "odd" new books so I like surprising him with these. He's 6 and thinks they are a riot!
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The Hapless Child by Edward Gorey Book Review – A Macabre Tale of an Orphaned Child
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This sorry tale of petite Charlotte Sophia's catastrophic, short life is classic Gorey. The poor child is orphaned and treated mercilessly by schoolmates and ruffians alike, and only barely survives--for a time, anyway--by the skin of her baby teeth. Even her doll suffers a grusome end. The little girl's journeiy is perfect fodder for Edward Gorey's brilliant penwork, so detailed and perfectly wrought that it's hard to believe he could master these images at such a small size the illustrations reproduced in the book ar the same size as his original drawings.
The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey's Children
Delving into his complete works for a project recently, it dawned on me how my impression of this prolific writer had been cemented by my familiarity with just one or two of his books -- like The Gashleycrumb Tinies , a deliciously morbid, alphabetical catalog of 26 children's deaths. As it turns out, this is fairly representative of the fates of children throughout Gorey's work -- they nearly always meet a tragic end. Having gone through most of his books over the weekend, I wanted to share some of Gorey's most striking and sometimes shocking panels involving kids -- many of them creepier and more morbid than I had ever given Gorey credit for being. We'll start off with a classic, from the much-beloved Gasheycrumb Tinies : Can you imagine a contemporary cartoon book depicting an axe-murdered child like this? In some ways, our culture has become much more permissive since Gashleycrumb was written in the early 60s; but these days unspeakable things happening to children seems a rarely-crossed taboo.
The Hapless Child