When I was a child –ignore unless you like children’s art

When I was a child, my favorite books were probably Dorrie the Witch. (or among them), by Patricia Coombs. Edward Gorey had some nice hatching, but I didn’t relate to the characters. The Dorrie illustration style was similar, but I understand why I loved the art and the protagonist. (more below). This character always calmed me down/cheered me up when I felt gloomy.


Dorrie is a child who was a bit depressed. (that was me) and has high anxiety, is messy and timid. (same)

She is an only child and a bit lonely. (I even also had a cat).

She has a close relationship with her mother but a nonexistent/absent father.

Dorrie is surrounded by some hierarchy and some oppressive (and sometimes abusive) adults but her mother is good. Her mother is a grown up version of her. Thus, there is some hope in her world.

Despite her melancholy and timidity, Dorrie somehow comes out of oppressive situations and is the vainqeuer (victor).

Dorrie is an individualist and free thinker.

About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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2 Responses to When I was a child –ignore unless you like children’s art

  1. Ginene Nagel says:

    Oh, I love this! One of my favorite books was Wanda Gag’s Millions of Cats. Oh, I love her illustrations and remember studying them when just a child.

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