Cautionary Tales for Childrenby Hilaire Belloc
For those children prone to wandering off from their caretakers, there is the story of a certain young Jim,
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Known as a central figure in English literature, Hilaire Belloc produced a number of stunning, funny, and clever admonishments for children. The tales in this volume, illustrated by the inimitable Edward Gorey, contain instructive lessons for almost everyone.
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 usand our childrenwho 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.
PRAISE FOR EDWARD GOREY
"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
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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Headless Bust. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.
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Cute stories, but I was hoping for pictures...no pictures in this one. A co-worker has an original book with the pictures that she has offered to let me see.