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    The Only Known Manuscript for Kay Thompson's Classic and Including the Immortal First Line: "I am Eloise I am Six"

    Kay Thompson. Eloise. Archive of early draft manuscripts and typescripts for Kay Thompson's celebrated children's book, Eloise, (including the immortal first lines, "I am Eloise I am six") and also for its adaptation for a vocal performance by Thompson, and its adaptation for the song "Eloise" by Thompson and Robert Wells.

    Many of the drafts mention characters and incidents that do not appear in the book. No other part of the manuscript is known to survive. A unique group of documents, with a wonderful association copy of the book, inscribed to Robert Wells from whom the collection comes.

    Amazing, unique archive of early drafts and manuscripts for Eloise and its adaptation as an accompanied monologue by Kay Thompson and Bob Wells.

    [With:] First edition of Eloise inscribed, "For Bob [Wells] / With love / there is no doubt / from / Kay."

    [With:] First edition of Eloise in Paris signed by Kay Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight.

    [With:] First edition of Eloise at Christmastime inscribed, "For / the one you have at home / from / the one who got out! / With / fun / fun / fun! / Kay Thompson."

    [With:] First edition of Eloise in Moscow inscribed, "For / Dr. Parker / Definitely Da Da Da / Kay Thompson."

    [With:] 45rpm record of "Eloise" by Kay Thompson and Bob Wells with the wrapper bearing the signature of Bob Wells. [With:] Envelope addressed to Kay Thompson from Hilary Knight / 40 West 52nd Street, postmarked Feb. 8, 1955.

    In all, seventy-six pages: Forty-three handwritten pages in pencil and pen, various drafts (fourteen pages in Wells' hand); four-page typescript and two corrected carbons headed "Eloise" First Rough 11/7/55); six-page fragment beginning "Ha Ha Ha I have a dog who looks like a cat" and "The doctor always has a brandy with Nanny," typed carbon (numbered 2,6,9-12); four-page corrected typescript dialogue between Eloise and Nanny; four-page manuscript score for the song "Eloise," printed publicity flyer; copy of songwriter's renewal contract.

    Included in this collection are first editions (as described above), all signed or inscribed by Thompson, of her other three major works, Eloise at Christmastime, Eloise in Paris (also signed by Knight) and Eloise in Moscow. The Eloise books are all much desired in the first editions, and copies signed by Thompson are rare. In all, a unique and wonderful offering.


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    October, 2009
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