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DOROTHY CRAIGIE COLLECTION

The Dorothy Craigie Collection consists of material related to the first edition (1950) of Graham Greene and Dorothy Glover's collaborative work, The Little Fire Engine, with 16 original 14 by 8 1/2 inch illustrations. It was printed for Max parrish & Co. Ltd., Adprint House, Rathbone Place, London W1 by Jarrold & Sons Ltd., Norwich.The Little Fire Engine is a children's story of Old Sam Trolley, Toby, the fire horse and the little fire engine of Little Snoreing. They are forced out the village fire fighting business by the shiny mechanical engine and five firemen from London who move into the neighboring town of Much Snoreing. In the end, Sam Trolley and Toby save the day.

Graham Greene (1904-1991) and Dorothy Glover (1901-1971) met in the spring of 1939 when he rented a studio from her in Mecklenburg Square for writing. At the time she was working as a theatre costume designer in London. They began and affair shortly after, Greene moving in with Glover as his family was in the countryside. During the Blitz of London in 1940-1941, Glover and Greene both served as neighborhood fire wardens. By 1946 his loyalty and interest in the affair was decreasing, but they continued to live together until the summer of 1948, when he moved into an apartment adjacent to Catherine Walston's, who he had met and begun an affair with the year before. For further information see Norman Sherry's "Life of Graham Greene Volume II", 1994.

Glover later began a career as a children's book illustrator under the name Dorothy Craigie. She collaborated with Greene on many children's books, among them: The Little Train, Eyre and Spottiswoode, London, 1946; The Little Fire Engine, Max Parrish, London, 1950; The Little Horse Bus, Max Parrish, London, 1952; The Little Steamroller: A Story of Adventure, Mystery and Detection, Max Parrish, London, 1953. Many of these works were translated into French, German, Swedish, Dutch and Italian in the 1950's. In the mid-1950's Craigie branched out on her own as both an author and illustrator, publishing many children's books through Max Parrish and Eyre & Spottiswoode among them: Summersalts Circus, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London, 1947; The Little Parrot Who Thought He Was a Pirate, Parrish, London, 1954; Akoo and the Crocodile Who Cried, Parrish, London, 1954; Tim Hooley's Hero, Parrish, London, 1957; Tim Hooley's Haunting, Parrish, London, 1957; Captain Flint, Detective, Parrish, London, 1957; Captain Flint to the Rescue, Parrish, London, 1958; Captain Flint Kidnapped, Parrish, London, 1959; Captain Flint Shipwrecked, Parrish, London, 1959; Nicky and Nigger Join the Circus, Parrish, London, 1960; Nicky and Nigger and the Pirate, Parrish, London, 1960.

ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open Access

Provenance: Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books, Merchantville, NJ, 2000

Processed by: Jodie Roussell, August 2002

BULK DATES: 1950 - 1950
SPAN DATES: 1950 - 1950

EXTENT: 1 box, 1.75 linear feet.


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