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Instant Lives And More

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  72 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A classic artistic parody from two of the world's most satiric minds. Moss uncovers remarkable historical anecdotes, which are accompanied by Gorey's absurdly deadpan drawings. Although the insightful scenarios involving Emily Dickinson, Mozart, Henrik Ibsen, and El Greco are all the product of Moss's fertile imagination, his uncanny emulation of style makes us believe the ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 10th 1999 by Harper Perennial (first published 1974)
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Kate
This laugh-out-loud book parodies famous writers including (in particularly funny chapters) Hemingway, Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. I about peed myself the first time I read the Gertrude Stein chapter.
Megan Salter
As I'm not a music aficionado, I found those biographies impenetrable, as did another reviewer. I consider myself pretty well-educated but felt I was being left out of the joke in several spots. Any flaws this book might possess are made up for by the fantastic contributions by Gorey. :)
Jrobertus
Oct 12, 2011 Jrobertus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the funniest, wittiest book I have read in years. Moss was the poetry editor for the New Yorker, an erudite chap indeed. In addition the book is illustrated by Edward Gorey. The book is short vignettes of famous artists, musicians, and writers. They are written in the style of the artist or that of their biographers. It helps to be familiar with these people to get the full effect. All the stories are funny, but the ones about Jane Austen, the Brontes, Ford Maddox Ford, Ibsen, El Greco, ...more
Emily
Feb 06, 2010 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
The Gorey illustrations are, of course, fabulous. The depiction of Proust was exceptionally entertaining. The prose was a bit dodgy in places; the brief bios of Emily Dickinson, Debussy, and the Brontë sisters were great, but some of the others were rather impenetrable.
Leslie
May 10, 2009 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2-3 page satires on various authors, composers, and artists. Some of them are quite clever, others a bit thick for comprehension. Of course, that may be my poor knowledge, as I had to look up some of the included characters...
Marissa
Sep 08, 2008 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classics, art
What a delightful little find! Short takes on famous authors and musicians illustrated by Edward Gorey.
Joanne
Jul 26, 2010 Joanne rated it it was amazing
This book dissolved me into fits of laughter. A fast read, and a funny one.
W.B.
Dec 26, 2007 W.B. rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, dead-on parodies of artists...illustrated by Gorey!
Redgie
Mar 02, 2013 Redgie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the Austen and Brontes
And amazing drawings by Gorey!
Jeff Laughlin
Dec 07, 2007 Jeff Laughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this. A lot.
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