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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151005141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151005147
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

With The Headless Bust, Edmund Gravel and the Bahum Bug from Gorey's "Dispirited and Distasteful" Christmas tale, The Haunted Tea-Cosy, have returned to usher in the New Year. The story, told in verse, takes up just after Edmund's riotous party. He and the Bug are whisked off to a faraway village for another round of strange and vaguely eerie encounters. Fans of Gorey's distinctive ink drawings, tending toward the well-dressed and slightly mad, will not be disappointed--they make for an engrossing book with or without the accompanying deliciously odd text. ("Reversing at a tango tea/ In Snogg's Casino-not-on-Sea/ L-- tripped and cried, 'I am afraid/ They tampered with the marmalade.'") There is also plenty to be had for aficionados of the mysterious little rituals, mentioned nonchalantly, that seem so logical to the inhabitants of Gorey's bizarre world--the Bandage Folder's Ball being a head-cocking highlight. The Headless Bust is perfect for a winter's read by the fireplace, just before drifting off into fruitcake-induced dreams. --Ali Davis

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Characters from The Haunted Tea Cosy return for more of Gorey's inimitably spooky doings.
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More About the Author

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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Wow. What a wonderful book. It's the sequel to the Haunted Tea Cosy and, as well as being longer, it's funnier and the art is great. The pictures are like the ones from the HTC, but they have a hint of Japanese in them. They are coloured in grey and light blue (see cover) and lime yellow. This is a great book and any Goriphile would carry it around with them around the house (like I do)!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The following facts should be made clear immediately. There is not, in spite of the title, a single bust in this book (to say nothing of headlessness). There is not even, I might go so far as to say, much of a plot. But what there is lives in superb Gorey glory. The best way to approach this book is to consider it a sequel to Gorey's "The Haunted Tea-Cosy" (which actually did include a cosy of spectral proportions). Our heroes, Mr. Edmund Gravel and the Bahhumbug have finished saying goodbye to the last of their guests for the evening. Ah, but a creature soon comes to spirit our protagonists, "from place to place, where there is shame, also disgrace". The story uses such delightful and little heard words as "druthers" and "aubergine" while telling the lightly lamentable tales of a host of people. Each situation is privy to a little four line poem in the style of a-b-a-b. The subtitle of this book was "A Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium" and by the book's end both the Bahhumbug and Mr. Gravel sit, drink their tea, and think about the new Millennium (looks of horror clearly plastered on their faces). This being one of Gorey's later works, we can't criticize it too severely. Mr. Gorey had a style all his own and there is a plot here, buried as it may be. If you're partial to Fellini-esque tales of woe, you will like this book. If not, best that you pick up a copy of something entirely different (like "Betsy-Tacy" or "Goodnight Moon") and leave this book to those who would enjoy it better.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Hardcover
For those like me who have come late to the world of Edward Gorey and yet embraced it as one worthy to be their own, purchase this book from these nice people...support one of the greatest artists and illustrators of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2001
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If you're unacquainted with Gorey, don't start with this - start with Amphigorey. But if you've already got the EG bug, here's another must for the library. This sequel of sorts (in as much as anything can truly be linked to anything else by EG), is a delight that will get you snickering everytime you put marmalade on your aubergine.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Maximilian on December 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Only Edward Gorey could take the word Millennium, one wrapped with so much media and adevertising slogans, and turn it into a mystery. The nameless town where Edmund Gravel and the Bahhum Bug get pulled into, right after their Christmas party from the end of The Haunted Tea-Cosy, is like every other town in Gorey's world. It has a gazebo and large houses and a bog and, well, if your reading this then you probably know. And, by the end of the book, we still don't find out what the mystic letters QRV stand for. I do hope Gorey writes another of these books. The Broken Egg Shell, An Engrossing and Erksome Easter Evening?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "cluny2" on December 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
i am a longtime gorey fan I feel fortunate that i was able to get this newest one with the accompanying doll -- the bahambug doll. I have collected mr. gorey for 25years and eagerly await any new publication. His art is matchless and his humor fantastic.
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