Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Eclectic Abecedarium
Edward Gorey


Edward Gorey’s first miniature book, The Eclectic Abecedarium is an illustrated adventure through the English alphabet, accompanied by rhyming couplets penned by Gorey, who described his creations as literary nonsense. Inspired by popular moral primers for children, Gorey created an updated version of Isaac Watts alphabetic aphorisms. Part sweet songs of unseen birds and part cautionary tales, this abecedarium fully lives up to the epithet eclectic.

Hardback, 56pp
Pomegranate, 2003 (1985)
ISBN 9780764945977