Demand for The Recently Deflowered Girl
Have you heard of a book called The Recently Deflowered Girl by Hyacinthe Phypps, or should I say Edward Gorey? Last week this book was the second most searched for book title on AbeBooks.com after Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. The book was first published in 1965 but has been out-of-print for years. However, the blogosphere has reignited interest in this title.
The book is a parody – written in the 1960s – of earlier styles of etiquette. It instructs young ladies on what to say after having lost their virginity in a variety of situations – Deflowerment by Marimba Player, Deflowerment on a Cross-Country Bus, Deflowerment by a Famous Crooner, and so on.
Apparently, a blogger discovered a copy on their 84-year-old landlord’s bookshelf and posted scans on their livejournal blog. After that, it spread like wildfire.
Check out this blog to see some of the book’s pages. Many of you will know Gorey – a prolific author and illustrator who earned a cult following for his quirky and macabre illustrations.
We have sold all the cheaper copies of this book now and only have four copies left – two in German and two English language editions for $375 and $450.