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The Unstrung Harp (1953)

by Edward Gorey

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Decidedly very odd....just as Gorey intended. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
Decidedly very odd....just as Gorey intended. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
Decidedly very odd....just as Gorey intended. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
Decidedly very odd....just as Gorey intended. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
'He wrote for so long and with such intensity that when he stopped he felt quite sick.',, October 21, 2014

This review is from: The Unstrung Harp; or, Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel (Hardcover)
I defy anyone to read this without bursting into laughter! The tale of Mr Earbrass, and his efforts to produce a novel -
'Weeks ago he chose its title at random from a list of them he keeps...It being tea-time of the 17th, he is alarmed not to have thought of a plot.'
We follow his days while composing (such as his drive to Nether Millstone 'in search of forced greengages'); the revisions; a literary dinner where 'talk deals with disappointing sales, inadequate publicity, worse than inadequate royalties...'
Wonderful b/w drawings which combine with the writing style to make this feel almost Victorian. ( )
  starbox | Oct 21, 2014 |
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On November 18th of alternate years Mr Earbrass begins writing 'his new novel.' Weeks ago he chose its title at random from a list of them he keeps in a little green note-book. It being tea-time of the 17th, he is alarmed not to have thought of a plot to which The Unstrung Harp might apply, but his mind will keep reverting to the last biscuit on the plate." So begins what the Times Literary Supplement called "a small masterpiece." TUH is a look at the literary life and its "attendant woes: isolation, writer's block, professional jealousy, and plain boredom." But, as with all of Edward Gorey's books, TUH is also about life in general, with its anguish, turnips, conjunctions, illness, defeat, string, parties, no parties, urns, desuetude, disaffection, claws, loss, trebizond, napkins, shame, stones, distance, fever, antipodes, mush, glaciers, incoherence, labels, miasma, amputation, tides, deceit, mourning, elsewards. You get the point. Finally, TUH is about Edward Gorey the writer, about Edward Gorey writing The Unstrung Harp. It's a cracked mirror of a book, and it's dedicated to RDP or Real Dear Person.

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Explores the nature of the literary life and its isolation, writer's block, boredom, and anguish, in the story of Mr. Earbrass, who, on November 18th of alternate years, begins writing his new novel

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