The Curious Sofa
|The Curious Sofa|
|Author||Edward Gorey (Ogdred Weary)|
|ISBN||978-0-396-07861-6 (1980 reprint)|
The Curious Sofa is a classic 1961 book by Edward Gorey, published under the pen name Ogdred Weary (an anagram). The book is a "pornographic illustrated story about furniture" (according to the cover). According to reviews, there is nothing overtly sexual in the illustrations, although innuendos (and strategically deployed urns and tree branches) abound. The New York Times Book Review described it as "Gorey’s naughty, hilarious travesty of lust". Gorey has stated that he intended to satirise Story of O.
The story may also be found in Gorey's book Amphigorey.
- Edward Gorey, Karen Wilkin (ed), "Ascending peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey : interviews", Harcourt, 2001, ISBN 0-15-100504-4, p. 39
- New York Magazine, 19 September 1977, p. 68
- Wim Tigges, "Explorations in the field of nonsense", Rodopi, 1987, ISBN 90-6203-699-6, p. 78