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Summer and Smoke

Williams, Tennessee

Published by New Directions, New York, 1948
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A unique and important copy from a private collection. "Summer and Smoke" was the fifth play by Tennessee Williams, one of America's greatest playwrights. It was first produced in New York at the Music Box Theatre, opening on 6 October 1948, with Margaret Phillips ("Alma" -- (the minister's daughter consumed with infinite longing") and Tod Andrews in the two leading roles. It was revived in 1952 at the off-Broadway Circle in the Square, in a production that some credit with giving birth to the off-Broadway movement in New York theatre. In this later production, the legendary American actress Geraldine Page played the role of Alma, and Lee Richardson, a veteran character actor of stage, screen and TV known mostly for playing Brits, was also in the cast. PAGE AND RICHARDSON both signed this copy on the title page. A film version of the play came out in 1960, with Page in the role of Alma, and she was nominated for an Academy Award. This copy is in light tan boards, clean and tight, slightly bumped at the corners and worn at top and bottom of spine. This edition is notable for eight full page B & W photos from actual stage productions of the play. Unfortunately I cannot identify with confidence which actors are in the scenes, although the relevant dialog is included. Signatures of Page and Richardson are clear, complete and totaly legible. An exciting piece of American theatre history. Bookseller Inventory # 160812

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Title: Summer and Smoke

Publisher: New Directions, New York

Publication Date: 1948

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Geraldine Page, Lee Richardso

Edition: Not Stated

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