The rediscovered diary of Opal Whiteley
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In 1920, when the Atlantic Monthly Press published the childhood diary of Opal Whiteley (The Story of Opal, it became an immediate bestseller, acclaimed for the extraordinary expression of a child's view of nature, life and family in her native Oregon. The view is joyfully pantheistic and anthropomorphic: the fields are a fairy land; the woods harbor a fir tree named Byron; a pig answers to Peter Paul Rubens; a young wife is "Dear Love"; "angel parents" take care of Opal, who purports to be adopted. Childish spellings mingle with sophisticated foreign phrases. A year later the diary was declared a hoax, a fantasy, by the press, which deemed the book an adult-child collaboration. Opal, buffeted by ill fortune, retreated further into a fantasy world. Diagnosed a schizophrenic, she is today in a hospital outside London, where Hoff, having rediscovered the diary, attempted unsuccessfully to interview her. Interjecting his frustration, he nevertheless succeeds in bringing about an understanding, 65 years later, of a tragically gifted child. Hoff is the author of The Tao of Pooh.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Warner Books, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0446386766
Book Description Warner Books, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110446386766
Book Description Warner Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0446386766 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0163486
Book Description Warner Books, 1988. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0446386766