Monday, December 21, 2009

The Unstrung Harp; Or Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel by Edward Gorey

Perhaps one of his most autobiographical works, THE UNSTRUNG HARP 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, desuetude, fever, tides, labels, mourning, elsewards. Finally, TUH is about Edward Gorey the writer, about Edward Gorey writing THE UNSTRUNG HARP. Originally published in 1953, it's a small masterpiece.