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Hapless Children: Drawings from Mr. Gorey’s Neighborhood

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December 3, 2021
December 4, 2021
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Edward Gorey House
8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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  • Dates: Dates vary between April 8, 2021 – December 31, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Edward Gorey House

As if the world of late wasn’t unsettling enough without having a warning label slapped on our 2021 Exhibit—but here it is:

 Hapless Children, the new exhibit at the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth Port, is populated with a menagerie of children who all come to bad ends, and we urge that no emotional attachments be made to these children.

 Most return visitors to the House already know this, but it’s worth bringing up again this year. In the surreal universe assembled from Gorey’s 116 books and various other works, published between 1953 and his death in 2000, children rarely fare well. Gorey’s depiction of childhood is a harsh and wintery neighborhood where dark sedans glide out of frame; an unsavory world of abductions, consumptions, hailstorms, axes from heaven, and even meaner tricks of fate waiting in the shadows. In this neighborhood children themselves are either ignored, barely tolerated, dispensed with, forgotten about, or abandoned. Why display such carnage you ask? Because Gorey poses some very interesting questions about childhood and about the literature children feed on. Plus, Gorey’s drawings are sublimely crafted and often very, very funny.

2021 Hours for the Edward Gorey House are as follows: Spring Hours: April 8 to July 4:
Thu/Fri/Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 12-4pm. Summer Hours: July 7 to Oct 10: Wed thru Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 12-4pm. Fall/Winter Hours: Oct 15 to Dec 31: Fri/Sat: 11am-4pm; Sun: 12-4pm.

Due to limited capacity, reservations are highly recommended by calling 508-362-3909

House Admission: Adults: $8.00; Students, Teachers & Seniors: (65+): $5.00,

Children 6-12 years old: $2.00; Children under 6: free.


Programs and performance dates and times are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Please contact the venue directly with any questions.