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The headless bust : a melancholy meditation on the false millennium
Gorey, Edward, 1925-2000.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
63 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm
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PS3557.O753 H43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3557.O753 H43 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As we wander off with Edward Gorey into the next millennium our reasons for being here are far from clear. Nevertheless, the master craftsmen is at his best . . Ere the last guest was fin'lly gone.Ça va, hélas, from bad to worse: Adieu to prose, alló to verse. The Bahhumbug with lack of tact. Now called attention to the fact, Which made it feel to Edmund Gravel. He was already to unravel

Author Notes

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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Booklist Review

Gorey's poems-with-pictures depict a leisurely but anxious upper-class world whose technology and domestic, sartorial, and tonsorial styles are those of the Edwardian era. That time, the years between Oscar Wilde and the Great War, when Victoria's dissolute son occupied Britain's throne, was one of crack-up. The Victorian world was about to shatter, and an aura of impending collapse seems, at least from a later-twentieth-century perspective, to have pervaded the period. Precisely that aura infests Gorey's fey--that is, doomed, daft, and forbidding as well as campy--little books, which are dizzy as well as dire, silly as well as sullen. Here Gorey brings back Edmund Gravel and the Bahhumbug from his "Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas," The Haunted Tea-Cosy [BKL O 1 98], to feature in a "Melancholy Meditation" for the forthcoming, momentous (or not), millennial New Year's Day. "Hours and hours after dawn," the last guest has been ejected, but things are only going "from bad to worse." One of Gorey's typically oversized insects flits in and wafts Gravel and bug to "some remote provincial town," where they witness several ominous, or at least odd, occurrences--visions of things to come? "Why should we care?" says the Bahhumbug. "It's quelque chose d'un grand mystere." But the last page leaves the pair quizzically contemplating millennium's end, anyway. Delicious. --Ray Olson

Library Journal Review

Characters from The Haunted Tea Cosy return for more of Gorey's inimitably spooky doings. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.