Anne Frank: A Play Adapted from the Diary of Anne Frank

Levin, Meyer

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8vo in staple-bound wraps. xiv, pp. No date. Laid in is a typed and signed letter by Levin by Mr. Levin, addressing the issues surrounding the publication history of the play, with a press photo of Mr. Levin. Also includes a personal letter to noted author Louis Zara signed by Levin. Near Fine with some toning to edges and a very lightly bumped lower corner. [AL]. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17553268650

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Title: Anne Frank: A Play Adapted from the Diary of...
Publisher: Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition

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Levin, Meyer
Published by Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion nd
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Book Description Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion nd. softcover. This is the suppressed, original dramatization, critically acclaimed as 'infinitely superior' to the Broadway version of the Diary. a little age darkened at the for edge else very good copy. A presentation copy, signed by Levin on the cover [Inscribed to Irving Levitas]. with two small pamphlets. Bookseller Inventory # 208060

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Published by Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion n.d. (c. 1978) (1978)
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Book Description Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion n.d. (c. 1978), 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: Near Fine. Staple-bound wraps; 8vo; pp. [2], 86. With a typed signed letter from Levin to the drama editor of "Newsday," 13 December 1978, briefly discussing the suppression of his play, and the plagiarism of it for the more widely known Broadway production. The front cover of the book reads, "This is the suppressed, original dramatization, critically pronounced 'infinitely superior' to the Broadway version of the diary. Shoshanna Rozen and Dori Ben Zev as Anne and Peter." The title-page continues, "Arranged by Batya Lancet and Peter Frye for the Israel Solderis Theatre, as directed by Peter Frye. Copies of the play, for literary discussion, may be obtained by writing Meyer Levin, in care of the Georges Borchardt Agency." Tiny rust spots and the shallow indentation of a paperclip at top edge of the front cover of the book, and the top edge of the letter. Letter also a little torn at one corner from a (removed) staple. Levin was one of the first American journalists to become aware of the existence of Anne Frank's diary. He corresponded with and met Anne's father Otto Frank, who authorized Levin by mail to adapt the diary for the stage. Levin was later replaced by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett -- his own play was rejected and Levin filed a lawsuit, while the Goodrich-Hackett version went on to Broadway. (Levin eventually prevailed in a settlement, but lost the rights to have his version of the play performed. Much of this is covered in his books "The Fanatic," "The Obsession," and in the preface to this publication. His 30-year battle to have his play performed is also covered in "An Obsession with Anne Frank: Meyer Levin and the Diary by Lawrence Graver," "The Stolen Legacy of Anne Frank: Meyer Levin, Lillian Hellman and the Staging of the Diary by Ralph Melnick," as well as in the French-language book by Levin's wife, Tereska Torres, "Les maisons hantees de Meyer Levin," published by Editions Phebus (Paris). Also look for the 2010 play by Rinne Groff "Compulsion," inspired by the life of Meyer Levin, starring Mandy Patinkin and directed by Oskar Eustis. Bookseller Inventory # JC8597

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Published by Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion, [No place - Herzlia on Sea, Israel?] (1972)
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Book Description Privately Published by the Author for Literary Discussion, [No place - Herzlia on Sea, Israel?], 1972. Softcover. Stapled wrappers. Illustrated with photos from a production of the play in Israel. Letter printed from Eli Wiesel, praising this version over the commercial version. Preface to a Fordbidden Play by Levin. Small chip on rear wrap, some edgewear, very good.Printed on front wrap is the admonition: "This is the suppressed, original dramatization, critically acclaimed as 'infinitely superior' to the Broadway version of the Diary." No publishing information beyond the author as publisher, the edition seems to have been prepared for a production of the play at the Israel Soldiers Theatre. Levin's version was slated for Broadway when Lillian Hellman apparently convinced Otto Frank that it was "too Jewish" and Frank turned to Albert and Frances Hackett to produce the version that appeared on Broadway in 1952, forbidding Levin the right to use Anne's Diary. According to Levin's preface, Wiesel, I.B. Signer, Norman Mailer, Irving Howe, Cynthia Ozick, and many other notables considered Levin's version far superior, but it was unproduced until with Levin's urging, the Israel Defence Force produced the play with permission from the Frank estate. Very scarce. We've had one other copy which was similar but not identical to this one. Bookseller Inventory # 390541

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