Haunted Tea-Cosy: A Dispirited and Distasteful Diversion for Christmas - Gorey, Edward Cover Image

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The Haunted Tea

Gorey, Edward

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In the preface to "A Christmas Carol," Charles Dickens wrote that he tried "to raise the Ghost of an Idea" with readers and trusted that it would "haunt their houses pleasantly."
In December 1997, 154 Christmases later, the "New York Times Magazine" asked our Edward Gorey, "the iconoclastic artist and author, " to refurbish this enduring morality tale. What is Gorey's moral? Don't eat fruitcake? Don't look for morals? Don't mess with the classics? Whatever. You decide. But don't think too hard, and have a Merry Christmas.
Gorey has never been funnier or more "impossible to resist" ( Boston Herald) than in this peculiar retelling of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.
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.