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Praying for Rain: An Autobiography (With Signed Notecard)

Weidman, Jerome

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ISBN 10: 0060156589 / ISBN 13: 9780060156589
Published by Max Reinhardt, London, United Kingdom, 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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1st UK Edition. Also includes laid-in is a typed SIGNED thank you notecard from author. Price present (in Pounds) on DJ flap; mylar protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 010543

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Title: Praying for Rain: An Autobiography (With ...

Publisher: Max Reinhardt, London, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine


Edition: 1st Edition

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These memoirs introduce a myriad of characters ranging from Weidman's mother and family doctor to Somerset Maugham, Walter Winchell, Lillian Hellman, Dashiell Hammett, and John O'Hara

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Born in 1913 to Hungarian Jewish immigrant parents, Weidman grew up on New York's Lower East Side, working hard just to stay alive. At 17 he sold his first story; in his early 20s, he was contributing regularly to magazines when his novel I Can Get It for You Wholesale was published. His very different lives before and after this bestseller are encapsulated here, provoking thoughts of the Barmecide feast he mentions in an aside. There are recollections of family and neighbors of his childhood on East Fourth Street, fellow members of the Office of War Information during World War II, famous friends (Hammett and Hellman, Somerset Maugham, et al.), tributes to his wife Peggy and their children. The book closes with notes on Weidman's Pulitzer Prize musical, Fiorello!, leaving one wondering if anything has been neglected in this story of a born storyteller's life. He's not really like the folkloric Prince Barmecide, who invites the Schacabac to an imaginary feast. Rather, Weidman suggests a host telling his guests the party's over when they've barely tasted the rich, tempting dishes set before them.
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