The Lonely Doll Series
Dare Wright’s first and best-known children’s book, The Lonely Doll, made its debut in 1957, illustrated with her haunting black and white photographs. After becoming a national best-seller, it was followed by nine more titles featuring Edith and the Bears, the last of which appeared in 1981. Edith’s appreciation of her adopted family – Mr. Bear and Little Bear – and playful mischief are themes encountered throughout the series.
All of Dare’s books in print are rated 4 to 5 stars by Amazon readers.
The Lonely Doll has remained in print for over 60 years! Both it and Holiday For Edith And The Bears can also be downloaded onto a Nook, and the Nook app for iOS, Android & Galaxy. The eReader edition is narrated by the acclaimed British actress, Virginia McKenna, O.B.E. (of Born Free fame).
The Houghton-Mifflin print edition of The Lonely Doll is faithful to Dare’s original 1957 version of the story. In it, there is a dated one-page spanking scene whose genesis has never before been disclosed, but which is now revealed here: The Secret Muse Of The Lonely Doll. Our eReader edition replaces that scene with another of Dare’s photographs.
Dare’s readers’ opinions and ratings clearly attest that her stories and photo illustrations are all endearing, entertaining and timeless.
Dare Wright Media currently publishes all but one of The Lonely Doll series. In Edith And Big Bad Bill, Edith and Little Bear discover that the much-feared Big Bad Bill really is not bad at all.
Edith And Big Bad Bill (1968) is a heroic story about Edith and Little Bear’s courage in standing up to Mr. Bear’s cousins’ prejudice against a darker colored bear named Bill. The melodramatic style was intended to echo classically dramatic tropes where the heroine was tied to the railroad tracks, but the book was not as successful as earlier ones in the series.
LONA, A Fairy Tale
Dare photographed herself in the book as the full-sized Princess Lona and used the doll as the enchanted small-sized version. The magic special effects in the pictures were created in Dare’s closet darkroom long before the advent of digital help.
The Persis Series
Dare wrote three books in her “Persis” series featuring the tiny bisque doll from her childhood. In The Little One, Persis climbs off a dusty shelf in an abandoned farmhouse, discards her clothing as she runs through a meadow, and is lovingly adopted by two woodland bears. Make Me Real shows the power of a little girl’s love in transforming the inanimate doll into a real playmate. Take Me Home (where Persis is called “Robin”) tells the story of a small, but determined doll who escapes from the home where she’s kept as a child’s toy to find happiness living free in the woods with the rabbits, crows and squirrels.
Ocracoke In The Fifties
John F. Blair Publishing Company of Virginia has published Dare’s Ocracoke In The Fifties and the book remains in print. It is an historic treasure, preserving the stories of Ocracoke Island both through Dare’s narrative and her magnificent photographs. In it, Dare has captured the Island’s people and scenery from a gently-paced era that is now lost forever.