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1 (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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2 (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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3 (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 Fitzgerald, Percy THE LIFE OF DAVID GARRICK; From Original Family Papers, and Numerous Published and Unpublished Sources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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4 (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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5 (Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von; Kleist, Heinrich von). Burckhardt, Sigurd THE DRAMA OF LANGUAGE: Essays on Goethe and Kleist
Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins Press, (1970). 801810493 First edition. Hardcover. Fine in blue cloth with silver gilt lettering to the spine; in a printed dust jacket with sticker ghost to front panel. Notes, index. 
A collection of essays about the great dramatists of Germany's golden age, prepared by Professors Bernard Blume and Roy Harvey Pearce after Burckhardt's death. The seven works are analyzed with a focus on the truth of inconsistencies. 
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6 (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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7 (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. 
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8 (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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9 (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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10 (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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11 (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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12 (O'Neill, Eugene). Frazer, Winifred Dusenbury LOVE AS DEATH IN THE ICEMAN COMETH: A Modern Treatment of an Ancient Theme
Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press, 1967. First edition: Trade Paperback Original. Trade Paperback. Fine in printed, textured wraps. 
Fairly scarce university press monograph about O'Neill's mammoth four-act drama at the heart of which is the dark and enigmatic Hickey--definitively portrayed onstage by the late Jason Robards, Jr. and rather hamhandedly essayed on screen by Lee Marvin. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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13 (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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14 (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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15 (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. 
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16 (Shakespeare, William). Lundstrom, Rinda F. WILLIAM POEL'S HAMLETS: The Director as Critic
Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press, (1984). 0835715477 / 9780835715478 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in tan cloth with small graphic design to the front cover; no dust jacket as issued. 15 illustrations, notes, bibliography, and index. 
Poel, a revolutionary interpreter of Shakespeare in the late 19th Century, changed the way the Bard's works were produced. This study examines the nature of Poel's new ideas, what motivated his approach, and the impact on the theatre world. 
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17 (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. 
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18 (Shaw, George Bernard). Silver, Arnold SAINT JOAN: Playing with Fire
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805794360 / 9780805794366 First edition. Hardcover. Very fine in an illustrated dust jacket, with jacket art a detail of ''Head of a Veiled Woman'' by Odilon Redon. Chronology of Shaw's life and works, notes, bibliography, index. 
Shaw's superb late play is a reflection of the author's personal and philosophical conflicts, argues Silver. The work, which is as much about the politics of the early 20th Century as about the time of Joan, is a subtle critique of England. 
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19 (Shaw, George Bernard). Weintraub, Stanley THE UNEXPECTED SHAW: Biographical Approaches to G.B.S. and His Work
New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., (1982). 080442974X / 9780804429740 First edition. Hardcover. A near fine copy in red cloth with gilt lettering to the spine; in a shelf-worn, rubbed, nicked illustrated dust jacket. 
An analysis of Shaw, with a focus on the man behind the public image. Weintraub reveals the inspiration for many of the plays, and the process utilized to dramatize them. Notes, acknowledgments of previous works, index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 (Sherwood, Robert E.). Brown, John Mason THE WORLDS OF ROBERT E. SHERWOOD: Mirror to his Times 1896-1939
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, (1965). First edition. Hardcover. Near fine in brick-red cloth over black cloth, in a price-clipped and slightly age-toned dust jacket, with tiny tears to the upper spine panel. 
Biography of the playwright treats his service in World War I, his writing for VANITY FAIR during the Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker era, his membership in the Algonquin Round Table, and his plays and screenplays including IDIOT'S DELIGHT. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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