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1 (Anderson, Maxwell). Anderson, Hesper SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD: A Daughter's Journey of Discovery
New York: Simon & Schuster, (2000). 0684859017 / 9780684859019 First edition: Review copy, with materials laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
The suicide of her mother Mab starts Anderson on an exploration of her childhood, being Maxwell Anderson's daughter, and growing up in a rural community outside New York City with neighbors including Alan Jay Lerner, Kurt Weill, and Lotte Lenya. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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2 (Cocteau, Jean). Knapp, Bettina L. JEAN COCTEAU: Updated Edition
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1989). 0805782397 / 9780805782394 First edition thus. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
A study of Cocteau and his avant-garde influence through his poetry, plays, novels, films, and graphic arts. Knapp uses information culled from interviews with Cocteau and her knowledge of his works and life to describe this very original artist. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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3 (Coward, Noel). Hadfield, John, editor A LAST ENCORE: Words by Noel Coward, Pictures from his Life and Times
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1973). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Some very minor bumping to the lower edge of the yellow cloth cover, else a fine, bright copy in an age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. Quarto. 
The witty words of Noel Coward combined with images, both illustrations and photographs, that are culled from archives of newspapers and press agencies from the appropriate time period. The result is a very amusing concept, well realized. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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4 (Coward, Noel). Lesley, Cole REMEMBERED LAUGHTER: The Life of Noel Coward
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976. 039449816X / 9780394498164 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine with corner tips very very lightly bumped; in a mildly age-toned and price-clipped dust jacket, that shows some very minor edgewear, and a tiny closed edge tear to the lower spine panel. 
Lesley, Coward's secretary, companion, and friend from 1936 till the playwright's death in 1973, provides an intimate biography, rich in personal anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes stories of some of the greatest theatre comedies of the 20th Century. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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5 (Garrick, David). Fitzgerald, Percy THE LIFE OF DAVID GARRICK; From Original Family Papers, and Numerous Published and Unpublished Sources
London: Tinsley Brothers, 1868. First edition. Two-volume set. Hardcover. Inner hinges starting to crack, wear to the corner tips, short tears to the crown and heel of the spines, else a very good set in pebbled green cloth with titles, devices and decoration in gilt to the spines. 
An extensive biography of a renaissance man who was an English actor, producer, dramatist, poet and co-manager of the Drury Lane Theatre by a man who knew Garrick. Filled with personal detail, this work is also a lively theatre history. 942 pages; index. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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6 (Genet, Jean). Thody, Philip JEAN GENET: A Study of his Novels and Plays
London: Hamish Hamilton, (1968). First edition. Hardcover. A very nearly fine copy in red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine; in a photo-pictorial dust jacket with light rubbing and tanning to the panels. 
A critical study of the novels and plays of Genet, including THE SCREENS and THE BALCONY, which focuses on the ideas and the literary technique of the controversial author. Listing of productions of Genet's plays, bibliography, notes and references. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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7 (Hall, Peter). Goodwin, John, editor PETER HALL'S DIARIES: The Story of a Dramatic Battle
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1984). 0060152966 / 9780060152963 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Near fine with very light soiling to the page edges; in a photographic dust jacket. Thirty-two pages of photographs on glossy stock. 
Sir Peter Hall, the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and director of the National Theatre, recounts his career in the British theatre, including the relationships he built with actors from Olivier to Finney and playwrights from Beckett to Pinter. 
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8 (Hecht, Ben). Fetherling, Doug THE FIVE LIVES OF BEN HECHT
(Toronto, Canada): Lester and Orpen Limited, (1977). 0919630855 / 9780919630857 First edition. Dated in the year of publication and SIGNED by the author to the title-page, with an inscription to producer-director Fletcher Markle. Hardcover. Fine in blue boards stamped in gilt to the spine; frontis-photo of Hecht; in a very faintly rubbed illustrated dust jacket that shows a hint of crimping to spine crown, tiny tear to spine heel. 228 pages; Hecht bibliography, Hecht filmography, index. 
The journalist, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, from his days as a Chicago reporter in the 1920s to his reign as the highest paid scenarist in Hollywood. Laid in: SIGNED note from the author to Markle, thanking him for sharing his memories of Hecht. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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9 (Hellman, Lillian). Rollyson, Carl LILLIAN HELLMAN: Her Legend and Her Legacy
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1988). 0312034814 / 9780312034818 First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. Unread copy that is near fine with very minor wear to the edges, and a light crease to the upper front corner of the photo-pictorial cover. 24 pages of photographs on glossy paper. Notes, bibliography, and index. 
The first major female American playwright wrote three volumes of memoirs; with this biography, Rollyson, who draws from newly discovered diaries, letters, and interviews, reveals some of the details that were left out or altered by Hellman. 
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10 (Kelly, George). Hirsch, Foster GEORGE KELLY
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1975). 0805771581 / 9780805771589 First edition. Twayne USAS #259. Hardcover. A near fine copy in blue cloth with gilt titles and decoration; no dust jacket. 138 pages, frontispiece photograph of Kelly, chronology, notes and references, selected bibliography, index. 
A volume in the Twayne United States Authors Series. The biography of the vaudeville actor and author of the plays THE TORCH-BEARERS and the Pulitzer Prize-winning CRAIG'S WIFE. Hirsch examines the plays to reveal the progression of the popular writer. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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11 (Kleist, Heinrich von). Maass, Joachim KLEIST: A Biography
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (1983). 374181624 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Near fine with an area of darkening (soiling?) to front cover, in a dust jacket with a closed edge tear to upper front flap. Jacket portrait of Kleist by Maurice Sendak. 
Kleist, a playwright long in the shadow of Goethe, is given a new assessment by Maass, with emphasis on his modern aspects, and his desire to portray life as he found it, unsettling and absurd. Eight pages of photographs, indexes of works and names. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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12 (Kramer, Larry). Mass, Lawrence D., editor WE MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER OR DIE: The Life and Legacies of Larry Kramer
New York: St. Martin's Press, (1997). 0312177046 / 9780312177041 First edition. Hardcover. Fine with a tiny spot of soiling to the lower paper edges; in a photo-pictoral dust jacket with very small crease to the upper fold between the front panel and flap. Notes on contributors and index. 
A collection of essays by twenty-three writers that investigates the life, work, and politics of the playwright (THE NORMAL HEART), gay rights and AIDS activist, and founder of ACT-UP. Contributors include Tony Kushner and Calvin Trillin. 
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13 (Lonsdale, Freddy). Donaldson, Frances FREDDY LONSDALE
Melbourne/London/Toronto: William Heinemann Ltd, (1957). First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a price-clipped dust jacket. 
A biography of one of the London theatre's most important wits and playwrights. Donaldson discusses the life and work of the man who wrote over twenty plays and musicals that were produced in London in the first half of the 20th century. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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14 (Menken, Adah Isaacs). Mankowitz, Wolf MAZEPPA: The Lives, Loves, and Legends of Adah Isaacs Menken
New York: Stein and Day, Publishers, (1982). 0812828682 / 9780812828689 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. About near fine with light shelf wear, rubbing to front board and mild fading to upper spine, in a near fine illustrated dust jacket with a tiny damp stain to the upper spine panel. Appendix, bibliography, index. 
Mankowitz uses historical documents and autobiographical writings to separate the myth from the truth of America's first international sex symbol. Did she really receive love letters from Twain? Did she learn poetry from Whitman? 
Price: 15.00 USD
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15 (Merrick, David). Kissel, Howard DAVID MERRICK: The Abominable Showman, the Unauthorized Biography
New York: Applause, (1993). 1557831726 / 9781557831729 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 
Kissel, chief theater critic for the New York Daily News, investigates the producer of such Broadway successes as GYPSY, HELLO, DOLLY, and 42ND STREET, and reveals an eccentric genius who has worked and feuded with the stage's biggest stars. 
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16 (O'Casey, Sean). Fallon, Gabriel SEAN O'CASEY: The Man I Knew
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, (1965). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine with mild rubbing to the spine lettering, and tiny scar to the upper edge of the front paste-down, in a lightly age-toned photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
A biography of the great Irish playwright by his friend and co-worker Fallon, Director of the Abbey Theatre, which describes the presentation of O'Casey's plays by the Abbey, and illuminates the people and world of the Irish theatre. 15 photographs. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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17 (O'Neill, Eugene). Raleigh, John Henry THE PLAYS OF EUGENE O'NEILL
Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, (1967). Fourth printing. Hardcover. Previous owner's name to front free endpaper, else near fine; in a photo-pictorial dust jacket with a hint of age-toning to the spine. Jacket photograph from the Bettmann Archive. 304 pages, notes, index. 
Preface by Harry T. Moore. An analysis and evaluation of O'Neill's plays, focusing on the evolution of the playwright's techniques, rather than the autobiographical emphasis that is often utilized when studying the Nobel and Pulitzer prize winner. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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18 (Pirandello, Luigi). Bassnett-McGuire, Susan LUIGI PIRANDELLO
New York: Grove Press Inc., (1983). First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Fine copy in photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
A volume from the Grove Press Modern Dramatists series. "This thorough and perceptive study...makes a strong claim for Pirandello's importance in the history of twentieth-century theater."--Lynne Truss, Times Educational Supplement. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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19 (Romains, Jules). Norrish, P.J. DRAMA OF THE GROUP: A Study of Unanimism in the Plays of Jules Romains
Cambridge: At the University Press, 1958. First edition. Hardcover. Near fine, in a dust jacket with corners clipped, mild edgewear, and sticker ghost to the front flap. 
Norrish discusses "unanimist" theory, and how it illuminates the relationship between the individual and the group, and briefly applies these concepts to the works of writers including Hugo and Zola, and then focuses his analysis on the plays of Romains. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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20 (Shaw, George Bernard). Dietrich, R.F. PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG SUPERMAN: A Study of Shaw's Novels
Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press, 1969. 81300277X First edition. Hardcover. Very good plus: minor shelf-wear, two small abrasions to rear endsheets, nick to rear free endpaper, rubber-stamped ''SALE BOOK'' to upper and lower page edges; in a soiled, edgeworn, price-clipped dust jacket with sticker removal scars to front panel. 
Shaw began his literary career by writing five not-very-successful novels. These youthful works are analyzed by Dietrich as autobiographical fiction, revealing the young artist and his aspirations for greatness. Selected bibliography. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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