Anne Elizabeth's Diary: A Young Artist's True Story

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9780316072045: Anne Elizabeth's Diary: A Young Artist's True Story

any girls have dreamed that their diaries would someday be discovered and published, and that's just what has happened with this gem! Found in the attic of the house in which Anne Elizabeth Rector grew up, Anne Elizabeth's Diary is both a glimpse into what life was like for a 12-year-old girl in early-twentieth-century New York City, as well as a portrait of the early development of a young artist. Anne's wry entries are accompanied by her own exquisite illustrations, as well as sidebars that further explore details of America in 1912--from the toys (kaleidoscopes, ouija boards) to the clothes (hats with feathers, pink dresses), and much more. Fans of the Dear America and American Girl series will relish this book's rich history and detail.

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Anne Elizabeth Rector (1899-1970) attended the Art Students League of New York. She was an accomplished fine artist. She also painted boxes, made unique toys and dollhouses, and handmade furniture for the rich and famous, like movie star Carole Lombard. She married Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Edmund Duffy and had one daughter.

Kathleen Krull is the acclaimed author of the the "Lives of..." series. She is a frequent speaker at schools and conferences and writes articles and book reviews for The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, and Publishers Weekly, among others.

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Grade 3-5–Rector was an aspiring young artist living in New York City in 1912. During that year, the 12-year-old kept a diary; her simple sentences and charming pen-and-ink illustrations reflect on her life, thoughts, and wishes. To her entries Kathleen Krull has added informative sidebars on early-20th-century, middle-class life, events of the day, famous people, and about how this real girl might have been influenced by movies, literature, and some of the more progressive women and teachers of her time. Rector succeeded in pursuing an art education at The Art Students League of New York and eventually supported her family through the Depression with a small art business she shared with her talented dress designer and seamstress mother. The diary is a wonderful snapshot of a child's life during the period coupled with fact-filled snippets detailing street life in New York, fashion, ship travel, private-school education, girls' roles in sports, and women artists of the day including Georgia O'Keeffe and Mary Cassatt. The book is printed on pale peach paper and the text is in a handwritten font. Krull has also included a brief follow-up on Rector's adult life, her marriage to Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Edward Duffy, and family photographs taken by her father. A note by the artist's granddaughter further personalizes the volume.–Rita Soltan, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
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