The Recently Deflowered Girl
There aren't really sufficient words to praise this hilarious, Edward Gorey-illustrated book of manners, The Recently Deflowered Girl: The Right Thing to Say on Every Dubious Occasion. It absolutely blows my mind that this book was made in 1965, but, of course, the 1960s had their fair share of flagrant sexism and tacit racism.Maybe it's the clinical tone that the complete lack of articles affords the prose. Maybe it's the amazingly coy illustrations or Miss H.P.'s razor-sharp wit. Whatever it is, these are the most delightfully offensive 47 pages I've ever seen. The irony level is staggering.