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Dear Mili

Grimm, Wilhelm; Sendak, Maurice

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ISBN 10: 0374317623 / ISBN 13: 9780374317621
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, NY, 1988
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First edition. Oblong quarto in grey cloth. The first publication of a previously unknown tale by Wilhelm Grimm. The story, of a mother who sends her daughter into the forest to protect her from a terrible war, was preserved in an 1816 letter written by Grimm to a little girl. It remained in the family's hands for a century and a half and was brought to light in 1983. Graced by Maurice Sendak's magical illustrations. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # E5660

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Title: Dear Mili

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, NY

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Maurice Sendak

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes

Edition: First

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On September 28, 1983, the discovery of a previously unknown tale by Wilhelm Grimm was reported on the front page of The New York Times. "After more than 150 years," the Times noted, "Hansel and Gretel, Snow-White, Rumpelstiltskin, and Cinderella will be joined by another Grimm fairy-tale character." The story of dear Mili was preserved in a letter Wilhelm Grimm wrote to a little girl in 1816, a letter that remained in her family's possession for over a century and a half. It tells of a mother who sends her daughter into the forest to save her from a terrible war. The child comes upon the hut of an old man, who gives her shelter, and she repays his kindness by serving him faithfully for what she thinks are three days. Actually, thirty years have passed, but Mili has remained safe, and with the old man's blessing there is still time for a tender reunion with her mother. As for the pictures that interpret Dear Mili―hailed by School Library Journal as "gorgeous"―they were a milestone in Maurice Sendak's career, the work of a master at the height of his powers.

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MAURICE SENDAK (1928–2012) was one of the preeminent children's book illustrators and authors of the twentieth century. Best-known for the Caldecott Medal–winning Where the Wild Things Are, he was also the recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's book illustration, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the National Medal of Arts.

WILHELM GRIMM (1786–1859) was a German author, linguist, and folklorist who, along with his older brother, Jakob, published Children's and Household Tales in 1812. Popularly known as Grimms' Fairy Tales, this collection was continually revised by the brothers and ultimately included 210 folk tales, among them many that have become famous around the world.

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