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The Player


Published by New York Atlantic Monthly 1988, 1988
From James Pepper Rare Books, Inc., ABAA (Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A.)

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First Edition. From the library of the great film director Billy Wilder, signed and inscribed by the author, Michael Tolkin, to Mr. Wilder: ÒFor Billy Wilder - With greatest admiration. Michael Tolkin, September 7, 1988.Ó Laid in is a typed letter signed from Michael Tolkin to Billy Wilder, dated September 7, 1988, and reads in full: ÒDear Mr. Wilder, IÕm enclosing a copy of my novel, The Player. I donÕt know whether to say itÕs about Hollywood, or just that itÕs set in Hollywood, and that itÕs really about Washington, but it doesnÕt matter. I would love for you to read it. Kindest regards, Michael Tolkin.Ó Fine copy in a near fine bright dust jacket with a hint of fading to the spine. ÔThe PlayerÕ was made into a feature film with a screenplay by Tolkin, directed by Robert Altman, starring a terrific ensemble cast, including Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Vincent DÕOnofrio, Dean Stockwell, Richard E. Grant, Sydney Pollack, and Lyle Lovett. It received three Oscar nominations - Best Director, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and Best Film Editing. It was also made into a film for television, with a teleplay by Tolkin, and starred Patrick Dempsey, Michael Parks, Archie Kao, Jennifer Garner, and Jennifer Grey. Tolkin is also the writer of the films ÔThe Rapture,Õ ÔThe New Age,Õ ÔDeep Impact,Õ ÔChanging Lanes,Õ and ÔNine.Õ Billy WilderÕs legendary status in Hollywood as a director, screenwriter, and producer includes such classic films as Ninotchka, Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Stalag 17, Some Like it Hot, The Seven Year Itch, The Apartment, and The Fortune Cookie. Bookseller Inventory # 18943E

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Title: The Player

Publisher: New York Atlantic Monthly 1988

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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