Stock Image

The Hapless Child

Gorey, Edward

Published by Dodd Mead, U.S.A., 1980
ISBN 10: 0396078176 / ISBN 13: 9780396078173
Used / Hardcover / Quantity Available: 1
From Contact Editions, ABAC, ILAB (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book
Add to basket
Price: 42.10
Convert Currency
Shipping: 12.26
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

Save for Later

About the Book

Bibliographic Details

Title: The Hapless Child

Publisher: Dodd Mead, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good


First Printing of this re-issued edition, 1980. Illustrated boards in a matching dust jacket. Dust jacket price clipped with a very small chip to one edge but overall a clean and tight copy in a very good jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 22939

About this title:

Book ratings provided by GoodReads:
4.34 avg rating
(451 ratings)

Synopsis: In addition to writing and illustrating more than one hundred works, the renowned artist Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was also a playwright, an award-winning set and costume designer, and the creator of the animated introduction to the PBS series Mystery!

This sorry tale of petite Charlotte Sophia's catastrophic, short life is classic Gorey. The poor child is orphaned and treated mercilessly by schoolmates and ruffians alike, and only barely survives--for a time, anyway--by the skin of her baby teeth. Even her doll suffers a gruesome end.

The little girl's journey is perfect fodder for Edward Gorey's brilliant penwork, so detailed and perfectly wrought that it's hard to believe he could master these images at such a small size (the illustrations reproduced in the book are the same size as his original drawings). The Hapless Child is widely regarded as one of Gorey's best books; happily it is now back in print after an absence of many years, so that we can all enjoy weeping for Charlotte Sophia again...and again, and again.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bookseller & Payment Information

Payment Methods

This bookseller accepts the following methods of payment:

  • American Express
  • Bank Draft
  • Cash
  • Check
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • PayPal
  • Visa

[Search this Seller's Books]

[List this Seller's Books]

[Ask Bookseller a Question]

Bookseller: Contact Editions, ABAC, ILAB
Address: Toronto, ON, Canada

AbeBooks Bookseller Since: 01 October 1998
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating

Terms of Sale:

Contact Editions
491 Davenport Rd.
Toronto, ON. M4V 1B7
T: 416 322 0777
F: 416 322 3226
HST/GST #10425-8140
Proprietor: Wesley Begg -
All books subject to prior sale.
Items sent on receipt of payment - Visa, Mastercard, or
cheques if known to us.
Shipping and insurance extra.
Payment in U.S. dollars.

Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books
weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may
contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

Store Description: Open to the public by appointment or by chance Monday to Saturday from 11AM to 5PM. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.