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21 (Shakespeare, William). Pitcher, Seymour M. THE CASE FOR SHAKESPEARE'S AUTHORSHIP OF "THE FAMOUS VICTORIES": With the Complete Text of the Anonymous Play
New York: State University of New York, 1961. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered, dark grey cloth; in a price-clipped, else fine illustrated dust jacket. Octavo. 256 pages; appendices. The Grafton Portrait of Shakespeare is reproduced as frontispiece. 
In the opinion of Dr. Pitcher, the anonymous sixteenth-century playscript entitled "The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth" is actually one of the first efforts by the young dramatist William Shakespeare. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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22 (Shakespeare, William). Quennell, Peter SHAKESPEARE: A Biography
Cleveland and New York: The World Publishing Company, (1963). B0006AYGP4 Publisher's reprint. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered blue cloth shelfback over terra-cotta cloth covers; in an age-toned and very very mildly worn, nearly fine illustrated dust jacket. Jacket design by Ellen Raskin. 
"Here, without speculative license, I have attempted to reach the poet at once through his work and through his times."--Quennell, from his preface. 352 pages, including index. Illustrated. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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23 (Shakespeare, William). Waith, Eugene M., edited by SHAKESPEARE, THE HISTORIES: A Collection of Critical Essays
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc./A Spectrum Book, (1965). 0138077193 / 9780138077198 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in black binding with a hint of fading to spine gilt; in a very good plus, lightly worn, mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket with a few tiny nicks and closed tears. Chronology, notes, bibliography. 
Chronicles the renewed popularity of Shakespeare's history plays after centuries of eclipse--as engendered by acute critical re-examination of their artistry and themes--represented here in essays by Tillyard, Wilson, Kermode and others. [186] pages. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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24 (Shakespeare, William). Wayne, Valerie, edited by THE MATTER OF DIFFERENCE: Materialist Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare
Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, (1991). 0801499658 / 9780801499654 First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original. Trade Paperback. Minor crease to the covers, else fine, in slick, illustrated wraps. 
Collection of essays that investigate Shakespeare's plays in terms of the relations between material conditions of Renaissance culture and differences of gender, class, race, and erotic practice. 277 pages, including index. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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25 (Shaw, Bernard). Morris, Gwladys Evan, told in the jungle by; illustrated by Phyllis A. Trery TALES FROM BERNARD SHAW
(London): George G. Harrap & Co., Ltd., (1929). B0006DB5KU First edition, first printing. Large square octavo. Hardcover. Faint foxing to endsheets, pale offsetting to spine and covers, mild bruising to lower corner tips; thus near fine, yellow silk satin binding with black lettering and illustrations; lacking dust jacket. 
Ten of GBS's best plays, reimagined as fairy and folk tales (Major Barbara is a Honey-Bee, Bluntchli a Rat, Pygmalion becomes the story of a Wizard teaching a Parrot to speak), and stylishly rendered in b&w and color illustrations by Trery. A delight! 
Price: 35.00 USD
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26 (Shaw, George Bernard). Kilty, Jerome DEAR LIAR: A Comedy of Letters
London: Max Reinhardt, (1960). First edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in plum cloth lettered in gilt to the spine; in a very lightly edgeworn illustrated dust jacket that shows some minor fading to the front and spine panels. Wraparound jacket drawing of GBS and Mrs. Pat by Charles Mozley. 
Kilty's two-hander, adapted from the letters of Shaw and his Eliza, Mrs. Patrick Campbell. This copy fondly inscribed ("For dearest Mable--who has made all this possible/with great affection"), dated in the year of publication, and SIGNED by Kilty. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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27 (Shepard, Sam). Tucker, Martin SAM SHEPARD
New York: Continuum/A Frederick Ungar Book, (1992). 0826405495 / 9780826405494 First edition, first printing. In the LITERATURE AND LIFE: American Writers series. Hardcover. Near fine; in a near fine dust jacket with a faint crease to the upper front panel. Chronology, appendix, bibliography, index. 179 pages. 
"SAM SHEPARD is an important book about an important American playwright. Martin Tucker's insights into Shepard's fascinating and often disturbing world are revealing and comprehensive. A must for any lover of contemporary theater."--Ronald Harwood. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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28 (Synge, John Millington). Casey, Daniel J., edited by CRITICAL ESSAYS ON JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE
New York: G.K. Hall & Co., (1994) 0783800061 / 9780783800066 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in burgundy cloth with gilt titles and rules; no dust jacket, as issued. 
Essays offering a general reappraisal of Synge's reputation, with separate discussions of his language, prose essays, and poetry, as well as individual treatments of his best known dramas. Historical introduction by Casey. 188 pages, including index. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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29 (Villaurrutia, Xavier). Dauster, Frank XAVIER VILLAURRUTIA
New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., (1971). B0006C0F6Q First edition, first printing. Twayne's World Author Series 159. Hardcover. Fine, in brick-red binding, stamped in gilt; in a worn, good only dust jacket, with a penned note to front panel, sticker scar to lower spine panel, cello-taped label with the typed word ''signed'' to upper spine panel. 
First full-length study of the Mexican poet, critic and playwright (1903-1950). 155 pages, indexed. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by author Dauster. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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30 (Wilde, Oscar). Hoare, Philip OSCAR WILDE'S LAST STAND
New York: Arcade Publishing, (1998). 1559704233 / 9781559704236 Second printing of the First North American edition. Hardcover. Mild bumping to corner tips, else fine, in a fine photo-pictorial dust jacket. 250 pages, including index. Illustrated. 
"Detailed history of the once-notorious Maud Allan case--in which the famous dancer launched an action against the maverick right-wing demagogue Noel Pemberton Billing MP for libellous remarks concerning her performance in Wilde's SALOME."--Simon Callow. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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31 (Williams, Tennesse). Falk, Signi L. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., (1961). B0006AXBDC First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Inscribee's name to the front endpaper, else very good plus; in a very good plus price-clipped and lightly rubbed dust jacket with tiny edge chips and short tears to the shelf edges. Twayne's United States Authors Series #10. 
An excellent literary biography that shows some of Williams sources for character and play development. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the title-page. 224 pages; chronology; notes and references; primary and secondary bibliography; and index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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32 (Yeats, William Butler). Tuohy, Frank YEATS
(New York, N.Y.): Macmillan Publishing, Co., Inc., (1976). 0026204509 / 9780026204507 First U.S. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in full forest-green cloth with gilt spine titles; in a fine, as-new, illustrated dust jacket. Tall octavo. 
"Graceful and lucid" biography of the Irish poet and playwright, generously illustrated with many full-color plates and intext black-and-whites. "A highly intelligent and lively account of a remarkably interesting life."--Denis Donoghue. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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33 Ade, George FATHER AND THE BOYS: A Comedy-Drama
New York: Samuel French Publisher, (1924). First edition: French's Standard Library; in stapled wraps. This 1923 revised version is the play's first published appearance; $.75 cover price. Discreet owner label to inside cover (which has faintly offset to the title-page), bookstore label to front cover, else nearly fine, with the printed covers showing some inevitable edgewear and nicking, as the covers are trimmed longer than the textblock. 
First produced on Broadway in 1908, the popular Ade comedy's 1915 film adaptation (shot by Edward Ullmann) marked the feature film debut of Lon Chaney as "Tuck" Bartholomew, "Apostle of Manly Sport." Remade in 1931 as a vehicle for Will Rogers. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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34 Ade, George THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN: A Comedy Drama
New York: Samuel French Publisher, (1924). First edition: French's Standard Library; in stapled wraps. This 1923 revised version is the play's first published appearance; $.75 cover price. Previous owner's discreet name label to inside cover (which has faintly offset to the title-page), else a near fine copy with the printed covers showing some inevitable edgewear and nicking, as the covers are trimmed longer than the textblock. 
The Aesop of Indiana (FABLES IN SLANG) was also a hugely successful Broadway playwright, and THE COUNTY CHAIRMAN ran 222 performances in its initial run in 1903-04. Filmed in 1935 with Will Rogers, Louise Dresser, Mickey Rooney, Stepin Fetchit. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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35 Albee, Edward SEASCAPE
New York: Atheneum, 1975. 0689105398 / 9780689105395 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. The cloth on one upper corner tip shows a nearly imperceptible suggestion of wrinkling (production anomaly), else this a gleamingly fresh, very fine copy in black cloth with gilt spine titling; in a fine dust jacket with just a hint of age-toning. 
Superb example of "Edward Albee's finest play" (George Oppenheimer), which garnered the esteemed American playwright his second Pulitzer Prize. "Of all Edward Albee's plays, SEASCAPE is the most exquisitely written."--Brendan Gill. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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36 Aldrich, Thomas Bailey MERCEDES: A Drama in Two Acts
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1894. First separate edition, revised from its appearance in MERCEDES, AND LATER LYRICS (1884). Hardcover. Tiny inked ''45'' to copyright page, else a sharp, clean, very good plus copy in blue binding with gilt titles, decoration; no dust jacket. Tipped into the page facing the title-page is a vintage photo of the doorway to Aldrich's home in Boston. 
The poet's drama of the tragic love between a French soldier and a Spanish peasant, set in 1810; in the revised version, as performed at Palmer's Theatre with Maurice Barrymore and Julia Arthur. The play was first published in The Century in July 1884. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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37 Alexander, Henry and Jones, Llewellyn, translated from the Swedish by SCANDINAVIAN PLAYS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: Third Series, Hjalmar Bergman, Par Lagerkvist, Stig Dagerman
Princeton/New York. Princeton University Press for the American-Scandinavian Foundation, 1951. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Tiny numeral and rubber-stamped name to front free endsheet, else fine, in blue cloth with gilt lettering and rules against a navy blue spine block; in a very good dust jacket, showing some mild nibbling and wear, age-darkening, especially to spine panel. 
Collects THE SWEDENHIELMS by Hjalmar Bergman; LET MAN LIVE by Par Lagerkvist; THE CONDEMNED by Stig Dagerman. Introduction by Alrik Gustafson. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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New York: Random House, (1967). B0006BSWBW Book Club edition. Hardcover. Discreet bookplate to the front pastedown endpaper, else fine; in a very nearly fine, mildly age-toned illustrated dust jacket. 
First book by the three-time Academy Award-winning American film director, writer, actor, jazz musician, comedian, and playwright. This play has seen numerous successful runs on both big and small stages and has been filmed twice. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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39 Anderson, Maxwell JOAN OF LORRAINE: A Play in Two Acts
Washington D.C. Anderson House, 1947. First edition. Hardcover. Age-darkening to spine, light edgewear, else a very good copy, lacking the dust jacket. This copy inscribed and SIGNED by Kenneth Anderson. 
The innovative American dramatist's canny and moving take on the Joan of Arc story, rendered as a play within a play. Ingrid Bergman originated the role on Broadway, and reprised it for the Hollywood version, scripted by Anderson. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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40 Anderson, Maxwell THE MASQUE OF KINGS: A Play in Three Acts
New York/Washington: Anderson House, 1936. First edition. Hardcover. Very good minus: grey cloth covers heavily soiled and abraded at upper edges, tiny dots of foxing to endsheets, interior bright and clean; lacking dust jacket. Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to the front free endsheet. 
Historical verse drama of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria--here published "without record of the chipping, chopping, haggling, hacking and disemboweling which is insisted on by most producers on Broadway"--according to Anderson's preface. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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