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 Supple...
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1st edition (May 18, 1999)
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
Amazon Rank: 296307
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Edward Gorey splendidly captures the cockeyed, hallucinatory journey that any writer of a lengthy piece seems to take while completing their project. In the case of The Unstrung Harp, we get to follow the path of C(lavis) F(rederick) Earbrass as he w...
"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.