An eccentric through and through, Brown split her time between, what she called, The Only House on an island off the coast of Maine and Cobble Court, a tiny four room house wedged between the skyscrapers of Manhattan. Cobble Court was eventually moved from Midtown to Greenwich Village where it can still be seen today. A lover of both men and women, Brown died childless, but left most of her estate to her 9 year old neighbor, Albert Clarke. Now over 65, Clarke has reportedly earned nearly $5 million in royalties, been in and out of jail, and has squandered most of that money on bad real estate ventures.
One of Brown's quirkier moves -- aside from that can-can kick -- was her insistence on the Little Fur Family being covered in actual rabbit fur. The first print run ran 50,000 copies, which conservatively cost the lives of 15,000 actual fur family members. Most of the first edition was destroyed by a moth infestation in Harper Collins' warehouse, which makes the intact book extremely valuable with copies now selling at upwards of $2000.00.
A facsimile of the First Edition can be had for $8.99 although you'll have to settle for faux fur...
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