The Hapless Child. Edward Gorey.
The Hapless Child
The Hapless Child

The Hapless Child

Hard Cover. New York: Dodd, Mead, & Company, 1980. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.


Illustrated by Edward Gorey. New edition, first printing. Signed by Gorey to the title page. Original purple boards with Gorey illustrations to boards, titles in black lettering to spine; original dust jacket with identical layout. Near fine book with light toning to edges, and minor wear to bottom of boards; very good plus unclipped dust jacket with some toning to spine and edges, and a few tiny closed tears. Overall, a bright and sturdy copy, signed by the author. The Hapless Child tells the unfortunate story of a girl named Charlotte Sophia. After Charlotte's parents die unexpectedly, she is sent to a boarding-school. She then endures a series of tragic and cruel events, which culminate in her being struck by a wagon and killed. The story reads like something from Dickens, but without any of the hope or heartfelt moments. Charlotte's downward spiral is perfectly complemented by Gorey's bleak and intricate illustrations, which were inspired by silent film visuals. Hidden in each illustration is a small creepy creature, hinted at by the author in his description of the book on the jacket flap, "An undiluted tragedy / With a generous population / Of foul Small Creatures…"


Item #EG067

Price: $125.00