Inscribed first printing of the fourth Ramona book, in which Ramona watches her father struggle with unemployment and tries to help him quit smoking.
Fine in very good plus jacket.
"For the first time in the series, the readers see the Quimbys struggling and unhappy, fighting in a way that is less contained and more complex than before." – Anna Katz
When Ramona's father loses his job, daily life at home becomes tense. As Anna Katz notes, "Beverly Clearly, a child of the Great Depression, knew all too well the anxiety associated with familial financial strain" – and indeed, the portrait of working-class families in this installment adds a relatable richness that speaks to why the Ramona series has been so popular. Ramona's concern over her father's smoking habit is an especially poignant reflection of children's growing awareness of the dangers of smoking in the wake of the 1964 Surgeon General's report, a study that slowly led to legal and cultural changes curbing tobacco use. Inscribed first editions of the Ramona books are quite scarce.
Read more: Katz, The Art of Ramona Quimby.
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1977. 8'' x 5.5''. Original glossy red cloth, Ramona vignette in black on front board, spine lettered in black. In original unclipped ($6.50) orange pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated by Tiegreen in black and white, both full- and partial-page. 187, ,  pages (illustrations included in page count). Inscribed by Tiegreen in black ink on front free endpaper: "To Mark / Happy reading / and looking! / Alan Tiegreen"; inscribed by Cleary below in blue ink: "Happy reading again! / Beverly Cleary." Book with touch of foxing to top edge, else fine. Jacket with 1.5'' closed tear at front lower fore-edge, very shallow shipping and wear around spine extremities and slightly faded spine: orange on panels vivid.
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