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"A book for precocious grownups"
By Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight
First printing of the first Eloise book, gleefully conceived by "a true eccentric, the kind of woman who could waltz through ballrooms and turn every head" (NPR).
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
"She was such a big personality, in fact, that she had to diffuse it into an alter ego, the impish 6-year-old she called Eloise." – NPR
ELOISE was not originally targeted to children, despite its 6-year-old heroine and picture book format. This first edition was instead marketed as a "book for precocious grownups," as printed on the top of the dust jacket. Little Eloise was the larger-than-life Thompson – a famous singer and Hollywood vocal coach for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, and Judy Garland – redirected into the form of a spunky, pampered little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel. But Eloise was so charming to girls of her own age that the Plaza was soon swamped by calls that Thompson, who herself lived there, handled – "until I realized Eloise was getting more calls than I was" (quoted in Irvin). A great copy, increasingly scarce.
Read more: Eloise At 55: The Legacy Of Kay Thompson, NPR, 4 December 2010; Irvin, Kay Thompson: From Funny Face to Eloise.
New York: Simon & Schuster, (1955). 11'' x 7.75''. Original white cloth. In original unclipped ($2.95) color pictorial dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Knight in color on every page including one fold-out illustration. 64 pages. Book shop ticket in gutter of front free endpaper. Book with light marginal toning; jacket toned at spine with a bit of toning on rear wrapper, only very shallow chips to spine ends.
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