Eloise

Eloise by Kay Thompson 1955 cover, a girl climbing up onto a vanity to draw on the mirror with lipstick

Eloise

Written by Kay Thompson

Illustrated by Hilary Knight

New York, Simon & Schuster, 1955

8.5" x 11.7"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

Pert, unpredictable Eloise was to six-year-old girls of the 1950s what Holden Caulfield was to their older brothers: "our ticket," recalls journalist Marie Winn, "out of the gray flannel society...a clarion call, a preview of the 1960s sensibility." More than a half century later, the doughty young heroine of this rather sophisticated tale set in the Plaza Hotel remains one of New York's most famous imaginary residents.


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