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Precocious Eloise brings together Lena Dunham and artist Hilary Knight
Precocious Eloise brings together Lena Dunham and artist Hilary Knight

"I am Eloise. I am six. I am a city child. I live at the Plaza." So begins the iconic 1955 children's story "Eloise," written by Kay Thompson and drawn by Hilary Knight, whose title character is "not yet pretty but she is already a Person." Although she didn't grow up inside the Plaza — just near it — these words meant a lot to Lena Dunham. She saw herself in Eloise, the free spirit who roamed the halls of a fancy hotel talking to adults and creating mischief. Eloise may have been a bit chubby and in need of a good hair brushing, but she was, indeed, "a Person" — precocious, creative and self-assured. When Dunham...

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