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Fitzhugh, Louise; Scoppettone, Sandra
Doubleday & Company Inc, Garden City, New York, 1961. First printing, advance reading copy, of this cult tale of the little beatnik Suzuki Beane. While often described as a satire of ELOISE, SUZUKI BEANE is actually something much more subversive: a book that in its deep affection for its subject renders the story's original penthouse-living inspiration the parody. Both Scoppettone ("who lives in Greenwich Village and knows Suzuki well because, in part, she was Suzuki" - rear flap) and Fitzhugh were themselves bohemians and their portrait of the precocious Bleecker Street "pad" dwelling Suzuki and her "square" friend Henry defies easy labels, arguing - much like Fitzhugh's Harriet three years later - that the emotional lives of children are far richer and more real than even the adults closest to them know. Though long out-of-print, the book was popular upon release, going through at least several printings in hardcover as well as a mass-market paperback issue less than a year later. It remains beloved (if under-appreciated).A renegade classic, worthy of a wider rediscovery, and an exceptionally beautiful copy. 10" x 7" Original glossy pictorial boards. In matching unclipped ($2.50) dust jacket. Pictorial endpapers. Illustrated by Fitzhugh in black and white throughout. 96 pages. Advance reading copy stamp from publisher on front pastedown, reading: "A personal reading copy for our bookseller friends, whose opinions and criticism we welcome and value. Doubleday & Company." Only a couple short closed tears and barely visible spots to jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Type Punch Matrix [Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.]

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