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Kay Thompson, died in 1998 but her year of birth is unclear and appears to have been 'adjusted' during the authors lifetime. Born and raised in America she was all set for a career on the stage working in musicals. When the first book was published in 1955 it was a huge success, selling  4,000 copies a week. All of the books were illustrated by Hilary Knight and are responsible in a large part for their success. The authors death saw a lifting of her ban on republishing her work and the whole series was republished with some minor changes to bring them up to date. The first editions are sought after by collectors. In all cases, the US edition precedes the English. Unusually, values seem to be roughly the same for both editions. Presumably due to smaller UK print runs, the greater rarity off setting the increased popularity of the character in America.( Thomson )
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Title   Date Notes
Eloise Schuster 1955 UK: 1957 Reinhardt
Eloise in Paris Schuster 1957 UK: 1958 Reinhardt
Eloise at Christmastime Random 1958 UK: 1959 Reinhardt
Eloise in Moscow Schuster 1959 UK: 1960 Reinhardt
Eloise Takes a Bawth Schuster 2002  

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