In , Edward Gorey published The Epiplectic Bicycle through Dodd, Mead & Company. The first edition of this hardcover book with. A charming burlesque concerning an intrepid voyage of epic proportions by the “ incredibly sophisticated stylish and inventive” Edward Gorey (New York. The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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I really enjoy absurd art.

The story is one of great whimsy and a love of nonsense, and amusingly contradicts itself at several points. Jan 15, Dan rated it really liked it. Return to Book Page.

The Epiplectic Bicycle

The bicycle as an article of worship. Gkrey and Yewbert have a harrowing journey on an untenanted bicycle. Absurd and weird – but a little too pointless for my taste As I say, the internet makes this easier. The ending is really bizarre! There are more inexplicably broken bicycles on the back cover. The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey first published While Embley and Yewbert are hitting one another with croquet mallets one day, an untenanted bicycle rolls into their garden.

Beware of this and that. I’ve long been a fan of the stories tje illustrations of Edward Gorey. Aug 17, Robert Day rated it it was ok. This tale concerns Embley nicycle Yewbert, two children who are distracted from their pastime of hitting each other with croquet mallets by a sentient bicycle that appears out of nowhere. Thereupon they hop on and go through various adventures, ending in a shocking revelation that seems right out of the “Voyage of Bran”.


There have been several reprints of this title over the years, and the cover illustration was used epip,ectic a tee shirt see the photo at the bottom of this post. Sep 07, John Whipple rated it it was amazing.

Born in Chicago, Gorey came from a colorful family; his parents, Helen Dunham Garvey and Edward Lee Gorey, divorced in when he was 11, then remarried in when he was Dec 31, ke-sha rated it really liked it.

So fun to find this teensy book sitting among the hulking monsters on the “G” adult fiction shelf, like a thin little sliver of mushroom smished between two hearty slices of rustic country loaf. Although he would frequently state that his formal art training was “negligible”, Gorey studied art for one semester at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in epilectic, eventually becoming a professional illustrator.

Thursday, September 17, Edward Gorey: His father was briefly a journalist.

The Epiplectic Bicycle by Edward Gorey

Gorey presents us with this obscure word, but does not specify. Embley and Yewbert’s surreal adventures on their epipleptic bike.

One for imaginative children. I am a huge fan of Edward Gorey as you can tell by my book list but this is by far my favorite story he wrote.

Delightful and splendid with the usual Gorey whimsy. Sep 15, Gerry rated it it was amazing. I love EG’s work, but have yet to have it tattooed on my body!

Refresh and try again. Each turn of the page is a revelation, with story and illustrations edited to the bare essentials so that what you experience is a clockwork-perfect blend of image and text. Newer Post Older Post Home. I have read it again, and there are no hidden depths to be plumbed, as far as I can tell. Dec 15, E rated it really liked it Shelves: I am very fond of the instance in which an alligator accosts them and Embley kicks it in the nose, and it expires.


Oct 14, Jen Dent rated it it was amazing Shelves: While Embley and Yewbert are hitting one another with croquet mallets one day, an untenanted bicycle rolls into their garden. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Open Preview See a Problem? Who cares is what I say. Jan 01, Halah Ahmad rated it it was ok. It took me longer to read them then it did to read the book.

The cover art for The Epiplectic Bicycle has a dead alligator on a bicycle. Of all the books I own this one might possibly be the one I return to the most. The front and back cover are very funny. I need there to ghe a little sense beneath the sill.

Therefore, early copies with the price clipped dust wrapper cannot be called “true firsts” by the persnickety collector. Hardcover64 pages.