The Willowdale Handcar (Hardcover)

or the Return of the Black Doll

By Edward Gorey

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 9780151010356, 64pp.

Publication Date: October 6, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (10/1/2011)
Hardcover (8/1/2011)

List Price: 10.00*
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In this enigmatic, surreal, wonderfully entertaining tale, three mysterious figures set out from Willowdale, traveling by handcar. On the way to nowhere in particular they pass a number of odd characters and observe a series of baffling phenomena, from a house burning down in a field to a palatial mansion perched precariously on a bluff.

At once deeply vexing and utterly hilarious, darkly mysterious and amusingly absurd, The Willowdale Handcar is vintage Edward Gorey.

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.

Praise For The Willowdale Handcar: or the Return of the Black Doll

"Dark masterpieces of surreal morality . . . beautifully depicted."-Vanity Fair

"A master of a genre of graphic storytelling [and] a brilliant draftsman."-The New York Times Book Review