Gorey. Edward: The Doubtful Guest. First Edition/First Printing.« back
This is a first edition and first printing of The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey, published by Putnam in 1958.
The book and protected dust jacket are in Very Good condition with no inscriptions and not price clipped.
The doubtful guest shows up unannounced and unwelcome, yet its presence is accepted after only a brief interlude of screaming. The staid, pale, Victorian inhabitants of the mansion alternately stare and glare at the doubtful guest as it tears out whole chapters from books, peels the soles of its white canvas shoes, and broods while lying on the floor ("inconveniently close to the drawing-room door"). Strangely, or rather, typically, as this is a Gorey book, the stymied occupants never ask the guest to leave--and in 17 years it has still "shown no intention of going away."