PLEASE NOTE A PHOTO IMAGE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Original four page typed manuscript for an apparently unpublished story about modern funerals titled ÔFuneralÕ by Jean Shepherd. The piece has annotations and corrections in ink and in pencil throughout. It begins with: ÒA couple of days ago, there was an ad in a New York paper for a funeral parlor and the ad said, ÔThis is the funeral parlor for progressive moderns. This is the young peopleÕs funeral parlor.Õ Suddenly, there was the realization on the part of millions of people who read that ad, that theyÕd been going at this problem of death the wrong way for a long time. That somehow if you could make death a fun thing.if you could make it a thing which is not the end of life but just a part of another phase of life and somehow a more fun part, youÕd be in and thereÕd be never [sic] anything to worry about at all, ever. Your life would just sort of glide on endlessly, smoothly to the sound of Muzak, to the sound of Mellichrino strings, and to the sound of Italian shoes being shined, to the sound of Ed SullivanÕs voice eternally telling you that thereÕs going to be a great big show tonight, and youÕre part of it. Not only are you part of it, you are the star of it.Ó Stapled in the upper left-hand corner with ÒFuneralÓ written in red ink at the top. About fine condition with some slight age toning to the paper and a few tiny tears. A one-of-a-kind item, offering a look into the creative process of the original mind of Jean Shepherd. Accompanied by a document providing provenance from the estate of actress Lois Nettleton, who was married to Shepherd from 1960-1967. Jean Shepherd (1921 - 1999) was an American writer, radio raconteur and TV personality, as well as an actor. Shepherd is perhaps best remembered in a contemporary sense for co-writing (based on his own somewhat autobiographical stories) and narrating the film A Christmas Story (1983). A very influential figure in American humor, any kind of Jean Shepherd autograph material is rare. In addition to his unscripted stories, his shows also contained, among other things, humorous anecdotes and general commentaries about the human condition, observations about every day life in New York and travels throughout the world. On most of his Fourth of July broadcasts he would read one of his most enduring and popular short stories, "Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb that Struck Back," about a neighborhood drunk and his dangerously delightful fireworks presentations. Two-time Emmy Award winning actress Lois Nettleton (1927 - 2008) was a veteran of stage, film, and television for more than 50 years. She appeared with Jean Shepherd in his off-Broadway play "Look Charlie" in 1959. Miss Nettleton held Jean ShepherdÕs work in high regard and once remarked: "I think what he was doing was so - it was unique and it was profound and it was real genius! He was a storyteller in the true sense. It just came from inside. It came out differently - a little differently each time. I really want him to be recognized for what he was - a brilliant genius. The wonderful, wonderful unique - the wonderful thing that he was." Very little Jean Shepherd manuscript material has survived and it rarely appears for sale. Bookseller Inventory # 19930E
Title: Original Typed Manuscript for an Apparently ...
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