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    Margaret Wise Brown's Original Typescript for Scuppers The Sailor Dog with an Autograph Note by Her to the Illustrator, Garth Williams

    Margaret Wise Brown. Original Typescript for "The Sailor Was a Dog" (published by Golden Books in 1953 as The Sailor Dog, or Scuppers the Sailor Dog). Four and one-third quarto pages on five quarto leaves, rectos only. Typed on onionskin paper. Approximately 11 x 8.5 inches. Some wrinkling, a few creases, paperclip markings along the left margin, staple-holes on the upper left corner. Overall, very good. On the first leaf of this typescript is a note in pencil by Brown to illustrator Garth Williams, in the upper and right margins. "Dear Garth - here is an early version of Scuppers The Sailor Dog. It has a lot of my coleague's [sic] - the little boy in the front house's original words/which were S + S'ed out of the final version. But this give you the gist + drift + flotsam + jetsam of the story - I wasn't you to see this version anyway. The Final one however is worth [?] a book - Just to show you how hard I work - [an original drawing of a bunny reading a book entitled "Books Galore"]".

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    Margaret Wise Brown was perhaps one of the most successful children's book authors of the twentieth-century, and had written well over 100 books at the time of her death at age 42. She also left behind over seventy unpublished manuscripts. She wrote the classic books The Runaway Bunny (1942) and Goodnight Moon (1947). Margaret Wise Brown autograph material is quite rare, with only one other collection of her letters offered at auction in 2011. It is possible that the little boy she mentions in her note is Albert Clarke, the son of one of her neighbors who was only nine years old when she died. In 2000, there was a Wall Street Journal article by Joshua Prager documenting Clarke's troubled life, and that Clarke believed that Brown was actually his mother (a claim discounted by others).



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