The Gashlycrumb Tinies
Or, After the Outing
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Edward Gorey achieved celebrity with his credits for the PBS series Mystery. Fewer people know his tiny books in the same playfully grisly style. The Gashlycrumb Tinies is an alphabet of Edwardian children coming to untimely ends. A girl perched on a plank gesticulates to an uncaring ocean: "M is for Maud," Gorey explains, "who was swept out to sea." On the next page, a waif stares expressionless from a castle window. "N is for Neville, who died of ennui."