by Jean Nathan. Published by Henry Holt, 2004. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. 308pp., illustrated. Fine in Fine dust jacket
In 1957, a children’s book called The Lonely Doll was published. With its pink-and-white-checked cover and photographs featuring a wide-eyed doll, it captured the imaginations of young girls and made the author, Dare Wright, a household name. Close to forty years after its publication, the book was out of print but not forgotten. When the cover image inexplicably came to journalist Jean Nathan one afternoon, she went in search of the book-and ultimately its author. Nathan found Dare Wright living out her last days in a decrepit public hospital in Queens, New York.
A glamorous, haunted life unfolds in the mesmerizing biography of the woman behind a classic children’s book