Harriet the Spy
NY, Harper & Row, (1964). A classic of children's literature, written, illustrated, and signed by Fitzhugh. The story of an unapologetic, unreformed tomboy/writer/spy, written by a lesbian, was a much-banned, but even more adored, breakthrough book of the 1960s. Criticized by some at the time of publication for its protagonist's attitude and sassiness, it is safe to say that the irreverence that Harriet exemplified became normalized in the 1960s and 1970s and now the book reads as an updated take on the unfettered honesty of children, akin to the child in Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Emperor's New Clothes." School Library Journal named it #17 on its list of all-time best children's novels in 2012, and Time Out New York Kids ranked it #12 on its list of "The 50 Best Books for Kids." Slight toning to boards and a crimp to the crown; very near fine in illustrated boards and a very good, price-clipped dust jacket with a small stain and price sticker on the rear panel, a shallow chip to the crown, and some fading to the orange title block on the spine. A very nice copy of a children's classic, seldom found in the first edition at all and especially scarce signed. [#032767] SOLD
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