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For those children prone to wandering off from their caretakers, there is the story of a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion." Those known to stretch the truth will hardly be comforted by...
For those children prone to wandering off from their caretakers, there is the story of a certain young Jim, "who ran away from his nurse and was eaten by a lion." Those known to stretch the truth will hardly be comforted by the tale of Matilda, "who told lies and was burned to death." And as for those of us—and our children—who tend to the vainglorious, there is the sobering tale of Godolphin Horne, "who was cursed with the sin of pride and became a boot-black."
Witty, brilliant, and strikingly irreverent.
Author Biography: Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was one of the most prolific and provocative writers of his time. The author of dozens of titles on widely varying subjects, his work includes poetry, fiction, social commentary, biography, and history.
Edward Gorey was one of the most renowned artists and writers of our time. His illustrated books include The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, The Epiplectic Bicycle, The Haunted Tea-Cosy, and The Object Lesson. Gorey died in 2000.
"Invaluable to Gorey-ites."—The New York Review of Books
"A marvelously entertaining volume . . . I came down on these pages like a wolf on the flock, and devoured them in an afternoon."—The Washington Post Book World
"A master of a genre of graphic storytelling and a brilliant draftsman."—The New York Times Book Review
"A man of enormous erudition . . . An artist and writer of genius."—The New Yorker
"An American original . . . One of this century's foremost eccentric geniuses."—Print Magazine
Posted March 19, 2013
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