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1 (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Mankowitz uses historical documents and autobiographical writings to separate the myth from the truth of America's first international sex symbol.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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2 (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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3 Hellman, Lillian THE SEARCHING WIND: A Play in Two Acts
New York: The Viking Press, 1944. First edition. Hardcover. A near fine copy, in a lightly age-toned, mildly rubbed dust jacket that exhibits some insignificant edgewear and some tiny nicks at the spine ends. A nice copy. 
Anti-fascist drama which criticized America's failure of conscience and thus came under FBI scrutiny. Hellman adapted it for the screen in 1946 with Dudley Digges reprising his stage role, but with Douglas Dick in the part originated by Montgomery Clift. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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4 Jefferson, Joseph THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOSEPH JEFFERSON
New York: The Century , Co., (1897). Early printing. Hardcover. Very good plus: Rebound in peacock blue half-leather over marbled blue-and-gold boards; hubbed spine lettered, ruled and decorated in gilt; gilt top edge; marbled endsheets; the binding and the endsheets show wear, the interior is bright and unblemished. 
Memoir by one of 19th Century America's most prominent thespians, who became forever identified with the role of RIP VAN WINKLE, and for whom the Chicago Joseph Jefferson acting awards are named. Illustrated with scores of coated stock inserts. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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5 Kreuger, Miles SHOWBOAT: The Story of a Classic American Musical
New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. 0195022750 / 9780195022759 First edition. With errata slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine, as-new; in a bright, fine, as-new, illustrated dust jacket. Nice! With scores of rare illustrations. Quarto. 
Kreuger's accomplishment here in studying every aspect of a classic American musical is simply unmatched. The show's inspiration, inception, production, revivals, radio and film adaptations and discography are thoroughly and entertainingly documented. 
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6 Kreuger, Miles SHOWBOAT: The Story of a Classic American Musical
New York: Oxford University Press, 1977. 0195022750 / 9780195022759 First edition. With errata slip laid in. Hardcover. Some mild wear to the extremities, else very good plus in a lightly edgeworn illustrated dust jacket. With scores of rare illustrations. Quarto. 
An in-depth investigation of the American musical theatre classic in all its incarnations which is unsurpassed. This copy fondly inscribed and SIGNED by the author to a colleague from the laser disc recording of the 1936 film adaptation of SHOW BOAT. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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