"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will": Eleanor H. Porter's Pollyanna; inscribed by her

  • Pollyanna.
  • Pollyanna.



Item Number: 95261

Boston: The Colonial Press , 1913.

Early printing of Eleanor H. Porter’s classic of children’s literature. Octavo, original publisher’s cloth, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “With all glad wishes from Pollyanna – Eleanor H. Porter June 1915.” Additionally with the recipient’s ownership signature in pencil who has made a note of provenance, “Eleanor J. Stone autographed at Mrs. James Hartner’s Garden Party 1915.” In very good condition with toning to the spine.

The title character of this bestselling children's classic, Pollyanna, was a young orphan so sunny in spirit her name has become a popular term for someone with the same very optimistic outlook. The book was such a success upon publication that Porter soon produced a sequel, Pollyanna Grows Up in 1915. The best known film adaptation, of which there were many, was produced by Walt Disney in 1960 and starred child actress Hayley Mills, who won an Oscar for her role.

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