Edward Gorey - Doubtful Guest


The Doubtful Guest is 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.

Edward Gorey (1925 - 2000) was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His consummate wit and eerie style have brought him worldwide acclaim. His signature pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and Edwardian settings and show the influence of his love for British literature. From ill-fated children with baleful faces and anthropomorphic creatures of untraceable biological lineage to shadowy, haunted adults, forever on the verge of mysterious errands, haunting imagery comes alive in Gorey’s world.

Size: 11.8 x 17.8cm (4.65 x 7 inches)