Marcella Stories [Marcella: A Raggedy Ann Story]

By: Gruelle, Johnny

Price: $75.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine

First edition. Fore-edge corners exposed, otherwise an exceptional copy. 1929 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 94, [1] pp. 8vo. Illustrated by Johnny Gruelle. Johnny Gruelle's real-life daughter, Marcella Delight, had an indelible influence on her father's life and career. From serving as his model for his literary protagonist, Marcella, to being his reason for creating his Raggedy Ann in the first place, Marcella was her father's muse. ...When the real-life Marcella Gruelle died, at age 13, from the ravages of an infected vaccination, her parents were, understandably devastated. ...In November (the same month of Marcella's death) Gruelle had been granted final approval by the U.S. Patent office for his doll called Raggedy Ann. ... Marcella Gruelle's tragic death certainly gave rise to several legends -- stories about what role she played in Raggedy Ann's genesis, and in her family's life. The most popular Marcella legend, of course, is the one about her finding the family rag doll in her grandmother's attic. Another had to do with her role in inspiring her father's creation of Raggedy Ann Stories. ... in honor of the memory of his departed daughter, Gruelle had named his star human protagonist Marcella, after his late daughter, who (like her literary counterpart) used to play real-for-sure Mommy to a nursery full of dolls. Christmas, 1918, the world was introduced to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Ann Stories. In this, as well as in Gruelle's subsequent Raggedy books, the literary Marcella would be a recurring character, along with Raggedy Ann and Andy. In 1929, Johnny Gruelle even gave Marcella her own volume of tales, entitled Marcella: A Raggedy Ann Story.

Title: Marcella Stories [Marcella: A Raggedy Ann Story]

Author: Gruelle, Johnny

Illustrator: Johnny Gruelle

Categories: Vintage, Classics, Modern First Editions,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: The P.F. Volland Company: 1929

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket - Pictorial Cover

Seller ID: 2262482