King of Things & the Cranberry Clown [w/ SIGNED manuscript] JOHN CALLAHAN 1994 Children's Portland Oregon Author Humor


Title: The King of Things and the Cranberry Clown [with signed manuscript]

Author: John Callahan

Description: Two copies of The King of Things and the Cranberry Clown by Portland cartoonist John Callahan (1951-2010).

1) Inscribed photocopy manuscript. Text only, typed; hand-numbered pages. Velo-bound in card covers. Inscribed "To Mary-- / John Callahan". Pages show light damp staining to upper fore-edge corners, and more visible on rear cover. Pages printed on one side. 41 pp. 8.5 x 6.5 inches.
2) Stated First Edition, first printing (with full number line). Illustrations by Callahan, watercolored by Jill Karla Schwarz. 92 pp. 8.25 x 5.5 inches. Fine/fine.

"The King of Things and the Cranberry Clown" is an illustrated parable of control and acceptance, written in verse, and was a stylistic departure for Callahan. This was his only children's book and its closing lines were included in his funeral program.

For twenty-seven years, John Callahan's cartoons appeared in the pages of Willamette Week. His cartoons exhibited a biting, off-kilter black humor and periodically aroused controversy and public protest. Callahan, who became a quadriplegic at the age of twenty-one and later regained partial use of his upper body, was the subject of Gus Van Sant's biopic "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot".

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Fine
Jacket Condition: Fine
Manuscript: Velo Bound, Good

Publisher: William Morrow and Company
Place: New York
Year: 1994

Keywords: Portland, children's, cartoonist,

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