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Page 43 Plate VII – Prince Chivalry

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Hollywood, California

Who was Letitia Fairbanks’ inspiration for the character of Prince Chivalry? A look at her uncle & cousin’s films provides some clues. Continue reading

The word: soldiers

Page 42 – from the wicked King’s belt

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Hollywood, California

When I look at this page, I’m always reminded of Letitia’s love of a man in uniform!  Continue reading

Words: jugs of wine

Page 41 – gathered in celebration

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Hollywood, California

This page shows the innocence that precedes each era before the current one, when each generation sees itself more enured, more hardened, than the previous. Continue reading

Douglas Fairbanks and John Barrymore, date unkown, approx. 1933

Page 38 – Perhaps the Prince will rescue you

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Hollywood, California

Again the Hollywood influences which surrounded Letitia begin to show through with her use of John Barrymore to depict the Lonely Princess’ wicked uncle, The King. Continue reading

Page 33 – and licked his face and wagged his tail

Kelley Smoot Garrett
Austin, Texas

In this page’s illuminations, the love of laughter in the Fairbanks family comes vividly alive.

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Firemans Fund Ins Co Fine Arts Floater issued to Letitia Fairbanks beginning May 8, 1941

Page 21 – Plate IV: Princess April Morning-Glory soon was fast asleep in the pussy-cat’s ear

by Kelley Smoot Garret
Austin, Texas

This was possibly Letitia’s favorite drawing in Princess April Morning-Glory because for most of my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, when the original artwork was on display in my parent’s living room – whether in LA, Dallas, or Salt Lake City – it was open to this page. Danny Garrett, the restoration artist for Princess April Morning-Glory will have more to say about this enchanting piece of artwork in his blog this week, so let’s return to last week’s letter Letitia had received from her attorney, Mr. Dennis O’Brien of New York City. Continue reading

May 9, 1941 Letter from Dennis OBrien to Robert Fairbanks concerning Dennis opinion on the profitability of publishing Letitia Fairbanks' "Princess April Morning-Glory"

Page 20 – So Princess April Morning-Glory dried her eyes

By Kelley Smoot Garrett, Austin, TX

This week we’re going to let Letitia’s lovely artwork speak for itself, while we delve into a bit of the back-story of Princess April Morning-Glory, exploring the behind-the-scenes correspondence between Letitia and others from the year of its initial copyright, 1941. Continue reading

Page 19 – as if her heart would surely break

by Kelley Smoot Garrett
Austin, Texas

Fairy tales, of the type Letitia was looking to model Princess April Morning-Glory after, always had a moral, an important lesson meant to be learned by the children who read or had the story told to them – and it was meant to be lived by the adults reading the story to the children. Continue reading

Page 11 - the blue butterfly will come to play a larger role in our drama, as it unfolds in the ensuing weeks

Page 11 – were too small to fly

by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Austin, Texas

With the page, Letitia introduces the first hint of tension into Princess April’s world. And we also get our first glimpse of Princess April’s story framed as the archetypal pattern dubbed the monomyth by scholar Joseph Campbell in his ground-breaking work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. Continue reading

The depiction of the insects further the story in subtle ways

Page 10 – And then Princess April would skip off to Fairy School

by Kelley Smoot Garrett, Albuquerque, New Mexico

I just love the way this page begins to show the depth behind Letitia’s choice of words to illuminate. Continue reading