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About the author:
Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, lived a life guided by artistic passions. On December 11, 1939 - the author's 26th birthday and the night of her Uncle Doug's death - Letitia began work on Princess April Morning-Glory, commemorating the exuberant spirit that had been her uncle by combining her lifelong creative talents: painting, writing, and illustration. In 1953 Letitia co-authored Douglas Fairbanks: The Fourth Musketeer, with Ralph Hancock, publishing the first definitive biography of her uncle. After a life rich in artistic accomplishment, Letitia passed away in September of 1992.
Princess April Morning-Glory
What kind of a world would you create, if you had to do three good deeds to make it home again?
Amanda Millner Fairbanks
Kelley Smoot Garrett
At long last, Princess April Morning-Glory emerges as a lost treasure from the golden age of Hollywood.
Written and illustrated in 1941 by Letitia Fairbanks, the niece of silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Mary Pickford, the seemingly traditional children's book is transformed into a modern-day fairy tale that will captivate child and adult readers alike.
Letitia was inspired to create portraiture for the characters of Princess April Morning-Glory from film stars of the day. John Barrymore, and Letitia's cousin Douglas Fairbanks Jr., provided glamorous inspiration through their then-current films. The Wicked King's (Barrymore) costume was sparked by his role as Louis XV in Irving Thalberg's 1938 Marie Antoinette, while the hairstyle resembles his eponymous role in Archie Mayo's 1931 Svengali. Prince Chivalry was inspired by her cousin's (Fairbanks) sword-fighting role in David O. Selznick's 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda.
Viewed as unconventional when it first debuted - up until then, no one had thought to meld a Disney-like moral tale with a swashbuckling adventure - the story centers on the prescient acknowledgment that we create our destinies by the choices that we make.
The main narrative is focused around the brave and courageous Princess April who must first transcend darkness and evil before she can realize her true potential. Intrigued by the Great World and its sense of adventure, a young Princess April decides to abandon the familiarity of her home in Fairyland and undertake a voyage into the unknown. Once outside the Enchanted Forest, she finds comfort and friendship in the company of various creatures who ensure her safe passage.
But returning home proves more difficult than at first she realized. In order to go back to Fairyland, a friendly wizard informs Princess April that she must first accomplish three good deeds. Can Princess April resist the temptation of darker forces and summon enough courage to continue doing good deeds? And if she dares to hold true to herself, will it someday lead her back home again?
- Publication Date:
- 0988784807 / 9780988784802
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.5" x 11"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General