Gashlycrumb Tinies


“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.
B is for Basil assaulted by bears.
C is for Clara who wasted away.
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh…”

The rhyming couplets of this grim abecedarian (love that word!) are familiar, of course, to devotees of macabre humor, but the darkly crosshatched drawings are (as Poe put it) “the soul of the plot.” Well said.

Whatever the case, Edward Gorey’s classic “The Ghashly Crumb Tinies” is now available in Spanish. Better to spread his rhymes throughout the world my dears!



~ by eaesthete on 01/13/09.

One Response to “Gashlycrumb Tinies”

  1. I’ll put it on my TTD list. Ever use to do lists? Visit me at for a sure fire way to be sure those to do lists get used. It’s ghastly too.

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