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The Unstrung Harp, or, Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel

Edward Gorey
New York: Harcourt Brace & Co.
Special Collections and University Archives

While working in the art department for Doubleday publishing company, Edward Gorey began writing and illustrating his own books.  The first of these, The Unstrung Harp, was a humorous look at the writing life.  The novelist in Gorey’s book struggles with writer’s block, attends various literary functions where he feels out of place, and struggles to overcome defects in the book he is writing.