Inspired by Samuel Foote's poem, 'The Grand Panjandrum', The Object Lesson presents a stunning series of seemingly random and unrelated events. A missing artificial limb, ghostly spectres and the statue of Corrupted Endeavour all have a place in this enigmatic tale, which combines elements of French surrealism, Japanese haiku and lots of good fun. With its humorous obscurity and puzzling intriques, The Object Lesson delights and provokes.
Edward Gorey is one of the most renowned cartoonists of our time. His distinctive and unsettling work has appeared on many New Yorker covers, and in almost a hundred successful books of his own. He has also illustrated books by John Updike, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear and Samuel Beckett. 'The dark, appallingly funny works of Edward Gorey are finally being published in Britain. Not before time. A writer and artist of genius.' Independent on Sunday 'Malevolent and brilliant.' Big Issue