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The Utter Zoo: An Alphabet


First published in 1967, The Utter Zoo is a favorite of Edward Gorey fans, young and old alike — no matter how well they know their ABCs.

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Twenty-six curious creatures — from the fastidious Ampoo to the world’s one and only Zote — fill the pages of The Utter Zoo, an alphabet from the untamed imagination of Edward Gorey. The Boggerslosh, the Crunk, and the Dawbis; the Ippagoggy, the Jelbislup, and the Kwongdzu; the Scrug, the Twibbit, and the Ulp — each strange and wonderful zoomate displays its own primary characteristic, described in Gorey’s inimitable, droll, rhyming couplets.

A writer and artist with an instantly recognizable style, Gorey (American, 1925-2000) created over one hundred works and was also a playwright, an award-winning set and costume designer, and the creator of the animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!

56 pages.