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Harriet at 46

Louise Fitzhugh died at the age of 46. By coincidence, this “biography” of Harriet the Spy is being written 46 years after its first publication. Fitzhugh will never grow older, but Harriet appears to be here for the long haul. … Continue reading

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Purple Socks’ Story

I’ve read elsewhere of women my age who were inspired to keep notebooks and start their own spy routes, eat tomato sandwiches and leave anonymous notes after reading Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret. At eleven I didn’t particularly … Continue reading

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Sandy’s Story

[I asked Sandy, “Did you dress like her? Buy a notebook and scribble in it? Sneak into places you shouldn’t have?” She wrote back:] YES to all of your questions, Faith. but i was always more chicken than Harriet, and … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Family is Going to Change

Emma Sheridan is eleven and knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up: a lawyer, just like her father. Her little brother Willie is only seven, and he’s also got his future mapped out. He’s going to … Continue reading

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Harriet Conceived

When Louise Fitzhugh moved to New York to study literature and later art, she became part of a creative circle that included the playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the poet James Merrill, and the playwright/director Jane Wagner. All these artists had an … Continue reading

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