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“This is a useful and instructive manual, a necessity to any well-stocked library, and possibly the most inappropriate graduation gift since the Sex and the City box set.” ―Jezebel.com

About the Author

Edward St. John Gorey (1925–2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest, and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; and a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Gorey's masterful pen-and-ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.


Mel Juffe was an editor, writer, correspondent, and teacher at the New York Journal-American, the New York Post, Radio Free Europe, and New York University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 10.11.2009 edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608190625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608190621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Everybody has those moments -- you have a problem or a personal encounter, and you can't think what to say. "The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say on Every Dubious Occasion" provides you with the right thing to say on... well, occasions that involve being deflowered. It's a prim, genteel little guide with a deliciously naughty theme, and Edward Gorey's pen-and-ink drawings just make it better.

Anyway, every page presents you with a dilemma centering around deflowerment, which usually encounters some kind of problem: blind dates, marimba players, at a doctor's office, at a gypsy seance, after a wedding (not by your hubby), during a whodunnit by a Chinese detective, in a Moroccan harem, by a famous crooner, after eating possibly drugged lychee nuts, by an old friend of your family, by a complete stranger, in a Parisian dive in front of all the patrons, and so on.

In every situation, the person who "takes flower" presents you with a somewhat awkward response after the fact -- refusing to tell you their name, debunking an alibi, the revelation that Things Aren't What They Seem, the awkwardness of using the elevator the remark that your parents are in the next room, the return of your husband while you're having sex with the bellboy, et cetera. Sometimes these are absurd, sometimes they are all too likely.

Fortunately, Miss Hyacinthe Phipps has advice for each of these scenarios -- she provides a witty and appropriate quote for each scenario ("How did your wife get HER parents' consent?") and a little nugget of wisdom afterwards ("Your sorority can probably arrange for a later curfew by applying directly to the Dean of Women") which usually ignores basic post-flower awkwardness or embarrassment, and focuses on the real issue at hand.
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A charming instructional on the value of diplomacy in the face of eminent disaster. Or maybe better, post-deflowerment oneupmanship. Positively Victorian, 'The Recently Deflowered Girl' maintains, above all else, that ones dignity must remain intact, and salvaging ones integrity - when more is lost than just face, is what we live for.
And it is thusly that Gorey's plaintive yet tender pen & ink portrayals of the moment of consequence, preceeding either disaster or recovery, best serves. Mel Juffe's advice can be worth memorizing too, as his wise words may come in handy when one feels all is about to be lost, that being deflowered of dignity can be best salvaged not by incredulity, but by a swift, delicate, yet diplomatic, reframing of the moment. A refreshing little volume, and rewarding collaboration.

-- G. Emil, [...]
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There is at least one point in her young life when a lady may find herself at a loss for words. As Ms. Phipps so eloquently demonstrates, deflowerment can come at the most unexpected of times, and any girl would be wise to prepare herself with these calm and well-reasoned responses. Mr. Gorey's tasteful illustrations provide a refreshing complement to the sturdy instruction contained in this modest little tome. A book easily gifted to your daughters, nieces and younger sisters emerging into blushing adolescence, and equally suitable for your college-aged friend who hasn't a clue how to comport herself.
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Edward Gorey delivers again, with his timeless wit, and utterly deadpan sense of humor. On this most delicate of subjects, one cannot help but find a terrible glee. This book is not safe for work. It is not safe for children. It is not safe on your bookshelf. Hide it somewhere nobody will ever find it, and enjoy reading it privately to yourself, under the covers with a flashlight so nobody will ever know you do so, lest they judge you.

Seriously, a short book, as many of his works are, Edward Gorey once again delivers. Book was in perfect condition, and filled with horribly understated images and utterly flat prose. A perfect work of art.
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I remember seeing this book online when it was out-of-print and rare to find. I envied the lucky person who had it. I was so excited when I found out it was being re-printed. It is quite witty and just a delight to read. A definite buy for Gorey collectors.
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Although much of Edward Gorey's work is hilarious, this work by Mel Juffe (illustrated by Gorey) was not particularly outstanding in my book. Featuring a sequence of scenarios in which a young girl might be deflowered (babysitting, in a Moroccan Palace, by a Marimba player...), the author offers an apposite remark that the 'victim' should make, concluding with a wise comment of her own.

Thus when you meet up with the caddish marimba player at a tea dance after the event and inform him your parents won't allow you to marry him, only to be greeted by "That's all right, baby. I've been happily married for years", the deflowered girl is advised to ask how the wife got HER parents' consent. For as Miss Hyacinthe Phypps notes, "it is wise to learn how other girls got theirs".
Moderately amusing but for me not a must-buy.
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I didn't even know this book existed! It made a perfect last minute Christmas present for my grandma who introduced me to the illustrator.
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