New York: David White, 1968. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's pumpkin cloth, spine and upper board stamped in brown, terracotta endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
"In her children’s books, Fox manages to discover what it is to be a vulnerable child struggling for a sure sense in a bewildering and often alien world" (Literature Resource Center, 2002). First edition of New York writer Paula Fox’s canine "memoir," illustrated by newspaper cartoonist Steve McLachlin. Narrated by an old dog named Prosper writing a letter to a previous owner, the story recounts adventures and hardships experienced across the US and Mexico before Propser arrives at his true home. Fox, best known for her revered novel Desperate Characters (1970), as well as her memoir Borrowed Finery (2001), has been adulated by her contemporaries for her artistry. Emerging as a children’s writer in the late 60s, Fox was also praised for her ability to view the world from a child’s perspective and her treatment of familial issues experienced by young people. Illustrated in black-and-white. Unclipped dust jacket with several small closed tears and approx. 1" chip to spine panel. Very good. Item #5674