Today is Friday
Stitched illustrated wraps (drawing by Jean Cocteau), in original printed white envelope; slim 12mo; pp. . Number 269 from a limited edition of 300 copies (40 HC). In custom cloth chemise and red morocco-backed slipcase. Covers faintly dust-smudged; else fine. Original envelope torn. Slipcase a bit scuffed. First edition of this uncommon short play, collected in "Men Without Women" the following year. Hemingway sketched the publication history of this piece in a letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald (7 September 1926): "I decided to give away all my stories when I got here so as to clear away all the stuff I was counting on selling and that would force me to write some more. So I gave 'Today is Friday' to some pamphlet organization that had written asking for an essay to be published with a drawing by Cocteau. "(Letters, p. 216). Though this wouldn't net great funds for Hemingway, he revealed to Scribner's editor Maxwell Perkins an ulterior motive -- he hope to catch literary pirate Samuel Roth, most famous for his unauthorized bowdlerization of Joyce's "Ulysses," in the act of pilfering copyrighted material. On 7 December 1926, Heminway wrote, "I have set a trap for Roth by letting local NJ printer get out a few hundred copies of a thing of mine called 'Today is Friday' -- which Roth will be very liable to life for one of his publications. This I have had copyrighted and have just received the certificate of copyright registration from Washington. We may be able to bag him with that" (Letters, p. 238). Hanneman A5a. Bookseller Inventory # D12794
Title: Today is Friday
Publisher: [The As Stable Publications], [Englewood, NJ]
Publication Date: 1926
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: Limited Edition.
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