PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: HELEN HOKE WATTS, AUGUSTA STEVENSON, ISABELLE LAWRENCE, JOSEPHINE VAN DOLZEN PEASE, JULIA PATTON - HFSID 287370
Sale Price $510.00
CHILDREN'S AUTHORS: PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY, JOSEPHINE VAN DOLZEN PEASE, ISABELLE LAWRENCE, AUGUSTA STEVENSON, HELEN HOKE WATTS
The authors, and also literature scholar Julia Patton, signed autograph notes on an album leaf to bookstore manager Rose Oller Harbaugh
Autograph Notes signed: "Thank you for two days full of happiness/Josephine Van Dolzen Pease","Whatever you want at Chicago/You find at Marshall Field's -/And the finest things at Chicago/are her literary yields/Isabelle Lawrence", "Thank you for this wonder-/ful two-day party. I am very/happy to have been included./Augusta Stevenson", "And it was especially thrilling to/have a surprise present the Cook/Book for the bride to be who will/remember with joy these two days./Sincerely,/Julia Patton", "Dear Rose:/I can't say the right words/somehow to thank you for all you've/done for me. Well do I remember when/my first book was published and the/boosts you've given me./Thanks for everything!/Phyllis A. Whitney" and "To the wonderful department/where she SELLS BOOKS to/such an extent that we authors/can have not only a/little bread and butter but -/cake and pie!!!/Helen Hoke/Helen Sterling/Mrs. Franklin Watts", pages (front and verso), 7½x11¼. In all six signers. PHYLLIS A. WHITNEY (1903-2008) wrote over 76 books. more than 50 million copies in print in paperback alone, published in more than 30 countries. She also wrote more than 100 short stories and served as Children's Book Editor of the Chicago Sun and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Whitney taught juvenile fiction writing courses at Northwestern University (1945) and New York University (1947-1958). She won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for her two juvenile works: Mystery of the Haunted Pool (1961) and Mystery of the Hidden Hand (1964). She was also nominated for three more Edgars. Whitney also had a number of bestselling romance/suspense novels, including Emerald (1983), Rainsong (1984), Dream of Orchids (1985), Flaming Tree (1986), Silversword (1987), Feather on the Moon (1988) and Daughter of the Stars (1994). She was elected President of the Mystery Writers of America in 1975, won the group's Grand Master Award in 1988. JOSEPHINE VAN DOLZEN PEASE wrote lavishly illustrated books introducing young children to the world. Her titles included The Book of Houses (1938), This is the World (1945) and One, Two, Cock-A-Doodle Doo (1958). ISABELLE LAWRENCE wrote historically based juvenile fiction, set in colonial and revolutionary America (A Spy in Williamsburg), Elizabethan England (Two for the Show) and ancient Rome (Gift of the Golden Cup). AUGUSTA STEVENSON, a teacher in the Indianapolis public schools from 1908, wrote about 400 books, many of them in Bobbbs-Merrill's Childhoods of Famous Americans series. She also published juvenile works based on Aesop's fables and Grimm's fairy tales. HELEN HOKE WATTS (1903-1990) wrote nearly 100 children's books, including humor collections and many ghost stories. The liked three-word titles such as Puns, Puns, Puns (1958) and Dragons, Dragons, Dragons (1972). Married to editor John Hoke and then to publisher Franklin Watts, she managed, and in some cases created, the children's book departments of five publishing companies. She often wrote under the pen name Helen Sterling. JULIA PATTON may have written only one book, but a widely reprinted one still in print after nearly 100 years: The English Village, 1750-1850: a Literary Study (1918). Rose Oller Harbaugh, longtime manager of the book department of the famous Chicago department store Marshall Fields, often hosted literary events and book signings featuring popular authors. Left edge notched from previous binding. Edges lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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