Original Typed Manuscript Fragment for an Apparently Unpublished Story About Elevators and Security Issues by Jean Shepherd


Published by June, 1961
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PLEASE NOTE A PHOTO IMAGE IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Original two page typed manuscript fragment for an apparently unpublished story about elevators and security issues by Jean Shepherd. With occasional corrections and ÒDeleteÓ written in pencil at the top of each page in Mr. Shepherd's hand. From the text: ÒAnd so everybody wants to live in this elevator that goes up and down and that arrives at its destination, you see, seemingly under your control, as though you have pressed the button for it. But actually it doesnÕt at all, you see, have anything to do with what youÕre saying or what youÕre doing or how youÕre operating. It just seems that way. And this is total security. And as a matter of fact, the elevator, the modern elevator, the automatic elevator in all the big office buildings represent a kind of security.Ó About fine with some minor darkening to the pages and with a few tiny edge 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 # 19935E

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Title: Original Typed Manuscript Fragment for an ...
Publisher: June, 1961

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