Over the years, there have been a variety of stuffed dolls created in the likenesses of Edward Gorey characters. Some have been mass produced while others were hand sewn by Edward Gorey himself while he watched television. One of the most highly sought after stuffed creations is the limited edition Doubtful Guest doll.
At 13" tall, the Doubtful Guest is a perfect three dimensional embodiment of Gorey's unusual character from the book by the same name. Much time and effort went into the creation of these dolls and because they were made in very limited quantities, they can be quite difficult to find. Each doll was meticulously crafted with removable leather tennis sneakers and the DG's trademark striped scarf. Like the Doubtful Guest, Gorey himself went about draped in an enormous striped scarf in his college days.
Manufactured in the San Francisco area, Doubtful Guest dolls are hand signed and numbered by Mr. Gorey on a tag attached to the scarf (Gorey did not work on the construction of these dolls himself). The DG in my collection has a signed tag which is numbered C 5. There seems to be some confusion as to the exact signature sequence of the dolls which were made in more than one edition. Since my doll came from Gotham Book Mart, yet does not follow the numbering sequence set forth in Goreyography, I am still trying to find someone who knows precisely how many DG dolls were created and in which order.
My Doubtful Guest doll happily resides under a glass bell jar in my home in much the same way that Mr. Gorey so often illustrated stuffed curiosities in his works.