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									Kay ThompsonKay Thompson
A nightclub musician with a one-of-a-kind personality, Kay Thompson turned her comical six-year-old alter ego Eloise into a children's classic featuring verselike prose and Hilary Knight's inimitable illustrations. Eloise's life at New York's Plaza Hotel is an enviable, whimsical one that readers cawn't, cawn't cawn't forget. As Rex Reed wrote in 1972, "If you don't know who Kay Thompson is, please turn the page. You just flunked pizazz."

* Read the biography

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Kay Thompson
Date of Birth:
November 9, 1909
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Death:
July 2, 1998
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Washington University

New Eloise!

Published Works

Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Eloise Takes a Bawth, Author: 
								Kay Thompson, Mart  Crowley, Hilary Knight (Illustrator).

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Eloise Takes a Bawth
by Kay Thompson, Mart Crowley, Hilary Knight (Illustrator)
Eloise is back in this never before published installment, the last collaboration between Thompson and illustrator Hilary Knight. Eloise causes a commotion when her bath ("I like to have a tub that's rawther full") creates a drippy mess at the Plaza, just in time to flood the Venetian Masked Ball downstairs.
Book Cover Image. Title: 
								Eloise in Paris, Author: 
								Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illustrator).
*  Eloise (1955)
*  Eloise in Paris (1957)
*  Eloise at Christmastime (1958)
*  Eloise in Moscow (1959)
*  Eloise's Guide to Life: Or How to Eat, Dress, Travel, Behave, and Stay Six Forever! (compilation) (2000)
*  Eloise Takes a Bawth (2002)

*  See the Kay Thompson chronology

The Best Book to Read First

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								Eloise: The Absolutely Essential Edition, Author: 
								Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illustrator).

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Eloise: The Absolutely Essential Edition
by Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illustrator)
Originally published in 1955, the volume introducing Thompson's beloved heroine was given a brand new edition in 1999 with biographical notes and scrapbook of previously unpublished material from Hilary Knight's collection.

Kay and Hilary

Illustrator Hilary Knight's neighbor D. D. Dixon, a fashion editor at Harper's Bazaar, introduced him to Thompson in 1954. Knight later sent a Christmas card to Thompson with his first conception of Eloise. Thompson said, "[The card was] an interesting, beautifully executed and highly stylized picture of an angel and Santa Claus, streaking through the sky on a Christmas tree. On the end of the tree, grinning a lovely grin, her wild hair standing on end, was Eloise. It was immediate recognition on my part. There she was. In person."

*  Meet illustrator Hilary Knight