Original Typed Manuscript for an Apparently Unpublished Story About the Insurance Industry, the Quest for Security, and the Often Empty Function of Statistics by Jean Shepherd

SHEPHERD, JEAN

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PLEASE NOTE A PHOTO IMAGE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Original fourteen page typed manuscript for an apparently unpublished story about the insurance industry, the quest for security, and the often empty function of statistics by Jean Shepherd. The piece is heavily annotated and corrected in pencil by Mr. Shepherd. From the text: ÒMore and more, our lives are beginning to.more and more, weÕre showing this desire to have our lives fit in the pattern of a movie script, or a play, plot or continuity or the basic theme of a novel, so that we can live our lives through the first act, which is exposition, the second act, which is plot development, and then the final act, which is the beautiful act of plot resolution and summation, when you finally reach this beautiful summit, this clear, brilliant sunshine of whatever particular end and goal of success youÕre looking for.Ó About fine condition with some slight age toning to the paper and a few tiny tears, nicks, and very minor signs of use. 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 # 19928E

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