Title: The World of Carl Sandburg.
Publisher: Gilbert Rich and Associates , Los Angeles
Publication Date: 1958
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
4to. Stiff orange pictorial wrappers. (21pp). Numerous illustrations. Near fine. First and probably sole edition of this souvenir program for this stage production, adapted and directed by Norman Corwin and starring Bette Davis and then-husband Gary Merrill. Features full-page portraits with facing biographies of Davis, Merrill, Corwin and Sandburg, together with commentary about Sandburg by Corwin and Davis and other photographs. This compilation of poetry excerpts, letters and other Sandburg writings was edited by Corwin and published in clothbound form by Harcourt, Brace & World in 1961. The stage production ran for a time in Los Angeles, then only briefly in New York (with Leif Ericson replacing Merrill), never making it to Broadway. This handsome, tight copy has a tipped-in blank leaf bearing a tipped-in Typed Note Signed from Corwin, 1p, 5" X 8", Los Angeles, CA, 11 March 1973. Addressed to "Carl" (not the poet, dead six years by 1973, but rather noted Broadcast Music, Inc. executive and noted Lincoln/Civil War scholar Carl Haverlin, 1899-1985). Very good. Couple of stray paper clip marks. Sends "copies of two pieces I had written earlier for WESTWAYS. I trust that you saw the last one, which was on Phrase-makers. My love to Virgie and Carol, and I don't exactly feel hostile to you either." Signed simply "Norman" in blue fineline. Original envelope also tipped in, as are the copies mentioned (photocopies of 2-page "Corwin on Media" and 4-page Confessions of a Map Addict." Corwin (1910-2011) was a prolific writer, screenwriter, radio dramatist, producer and essayist. Laid in loose is the uncommon Brooklyn Academy of Music 4-page small 4to program or the 24 October 1959 performance of this stage production (showing Merrill, not Ericson, as Davis's co-star). Bookseller Inventory # 39641
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