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The Doubtful Guest
     

The Doubtful Guest

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by Edward Gorey
 

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A vaguely sinister comedy of manners by beloved artist Edward Gorey
 
Told in a set of fourteen rhyming couplets, The Doubtful Guest is the story of a solemn, mysterious, outdoor creature, dressed rather ordinarily in sneakers and a scarf, who appears on a winter night at a family's Victorian home and never leaves again. Gorey's eerie and

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A vaguely sinister comedy of manners by beloved artist Edward Gorey
 
Told in a set of fourteen rhyming couplets, The Doubtful Guest is the story of a solemn, mysterious, outdoor creature, dressed rather ordinarily in sneakers and a scarf, who appears on a winter night at a family's Victorian home and never leaves again. Gorey's eerie and charming illustrations accompany the verses, making this an enjoyably strange (and strangely enjoyable) read for all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Observer
A great American illustrator...fascinating.
NY Times Book Review
A master of a genre of graphic storytelling [and] a brilliant draftsman.
Boston Herald
Impossible to resist.
Print Magazine
An American original...one of this century's foremost eccentric geniuses.
New York Observer
Incredibly sophisticated...stylish and inventive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780151003136
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
148,664
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 4.62(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author


Edward Gorey (1925-2000) wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Headless Bust. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.

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The Doubtful Guest 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as all of his books seem to be, The Doubtful Guest is a clever yet melancholy story. Although the plotline is simple, this is the funniest book I have read in a while. That doesn't say much about us college students...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is classic Gorey and I bought it along with Categorey to give to my nieces for their birthday. Such a funny, wacky, charming book! I highly recommend it to children of all ages. My only beef is that Pomegranate (current publisher) has made this edition so tiny! It really should be bigger, but the size has no reflection on the content.
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Gorey does what he does best!
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