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1 (Chayefsky, Paddy). Considine, Shaun MAD AS HELL: The Life and Work of Paddy Chayefsky
New York: Random House, (1994). 0679408924 / 9780679408925 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in near fine, faintly age-toned, photo-pictorial dust jacket that shows a hint of fading to the spine panel. Illustrated with photographs. 
Biography of American playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, the finest writer to emerge from the golden age of television, and the only individual to win three Academy Awards--for MARTY, HOSPITAL, and NETWORK. 426 pages, including index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 (Coward, Noel). Payn, Graham; with Barry Day MY LIFE WITH NOEL COWARD
New York/London: Applause, (1994). 1557831904 / 9781557831903 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in a fine color photo-pictorial dust jacket. Includes "Coward on Theatre"--never before published essays, interviews, commentary. 
"At last we have the missing chapters of the Coward chronicle...a touching, loving but honest and very revealing account."--Sheridan Morley. "Graham Payn knew Noel Coward better than anyone."--Lauren Bacall. 402 pages, indexed. Illustrated. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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3 (de Ghelderode, Michel). Parsell, David B. MICHEL DE GHELDERODE
New York: Twayne Publishers, (1993). 0805743030 / 9780805743036 First edition. Twayne's World Authors Series: French Literature; #845. Hardcover. Fine in teal cloth, lettered in gilt to the spine; in photo-pictorial dust jacket with portrait of Ghelderode. 
The first book-length study in English of the influential, avant-garde Belgian dramatist, (PANTAGLEIZE, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, ESCURIAL), who is here identified as the artistic precursor of Beckett and Ionesco. Notes, bibliography, index. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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4 (Dryden, John). Graham, W.  ABSALOM AND ACHITOPEL
Oxford: Basil Blackwell, (1964). First edition, first printing: a trade paperback original. In the Notes on English Literature series. Trade Paperback. Owner's name to front free endsheet, else fine, in laminated wraps. 99 pages, including index. 
Study of the 17th century poet laureate's "first and best satire...occasioned by the Earl of Shaftesbury's support of Monmouth's pretensions to succeed Charles as King. It was said to be written at the King’s express command."--University of Otago. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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5 (Dryden, John). Schilling, Bernard N., edited by DRYDEN: A Collection of Critical Essays
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc./A Spectrum Book, (1963). First edition, first printing. In the Twentieth Century Views series. Hardcover. Fine, in black binding with gilt spine titling; in a near fine, very lightly age-toned, somewhat edgeworn, illustrated dust jacket. 186 pages, including chronology, notes, bibliography. Jacket design by Stanley Wyatt. 
Buoyed by reappraisals from 20th century critics such as Eliot and Mark Van Doren, the Restoration playwright and Poet Laureate's reputation has climbed steadily since it stumbled so disastrously only decades after his heyday. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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6 (Eliot, T.S.) Edited by David R. Clark TWENTIETH CENTURY INTERPRETATIONS OF MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL: A Collection of Critical Essays
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., (1971). 0136064000 / 9780136064008 First edition, first printing: Hardcover issue. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Slim octavo. 118 pages; selected bibliography. 
A collection of critical essays on T.S. Eliot's play MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL by J.T. Boulton, E. Martin Browne, Francis Fergusson, David E. Jones, Louis Martz, Grover C. Smith, and seven others. Scarce! 
Price: 45.00 USD
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7 (Fitzgerald, F. Scott; Hemingway, Ernest; Lewis, Sinclair). Anonymous editor THE GREAT AMERICAN PARADE
Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1935. First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Neat ownership signature to the top of the front endpaper, else a fine copy in red cloth with spine titles gilt; in a very lightly shelfworn dust jacket with three faint vertical creases, from folding. Octavo. 611 pages. 
Nearly 50 modern American authors are represented in this all-star collection: Caldwell, Cather, Dos Passos, Fitzgerald (episode from GATSBY), Frost, Hemingway, Jeffers, Lardner, Sinclair Lewis, Lindbergh, Parker, Saroyan, Wolfe, et alia. Scarce in dj. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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8 (Foote, Horton). Porter, Laurin ORPHANS' HOME: The Voice and Vision of Horton Foote
Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, (2003). 0807128457 / 9780807128459 First edition, first printing: Review copy, with publisher's slip laid in. Hardcover. Fine in a fine dust jacket. 233 pages, including index. 
Study which focuses on Foote's 9-play cycle, ORPHAN'S HOME. "In her accessible and sensitive analyses, Porter nudges Horton Foote into the rare company of O'Neill and Chekhov while allowing this versatile dramatist to plead his own case."--Kurt Eisen. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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9 (Fry, Christopher). Leeming, Glenda CHRISTOPHER FRY
Boston: Twayne Publishers, (1990). 0805769986 / 9780805769982 First edition, first printing. Twayne's English Authors Series #479. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a fine, as-new, photo-pictorial dust jacket. 
A penetrating reconsideration of Fry as a significant figure in the poetic drama movement; full discussion of all Fry's plays, relating each to the writer's life and evaluating his use of poetry, humor, religious ideas, and imagery. 179 pages, indexed. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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10 (Hemingway, Ernest). Fellner, Harriet HEMINGWAY AS PLAYWRIGHT: The Fifth Column
Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Research Press, (1986). 0835717720 / 9780835717724 First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine in sand-colored illustrated cloth, lettered in black; no dust jacket, as issued. 
123 pages; appendix, notes, bibliography, and an index. Revision of the author's doctoral thesis on Hemingway's only full-length drama, THE FIFTH COLUMN. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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11 (Jones, Leroi). Baraka, Imamu Amiri THE MOTION OF HISTORY And Other Plays
New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1978. 0688082726 / 9780688082727 First edition, first printing: Trade paperback issue. Dated inscription, SIGNED by the author! Trade Paperback. First four pages trimmed shorter than the rest of the text (production flaw?), minor edge wear, else near fine, possibly unread in illustrated wraps. Octavo. 225 pages. 
Collects three previously unpublished plays: "The Motion of History"; "Slave Ship"; and "S-1". Introduction by the author, programs notes, and glossaries. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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12 (Jonson, Ben). Dutton, Richard BEN JONSON: To the First Folio
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1983). 0521285968 / 9780521285964 First edition, first printing: trade paperback issue. In the series, British and Irish Authors: Introductory Critical Studies. Trade Paperback. An unread fine copy, in slick illustrated wraps that are age-toned, particularly to the rear cover. 188 pages, including index. 
Critical assessment of the career of one of the most formidable figures of English literature, the influential 17th century poet and dramatist, focusing on the greatest landmark of Jonson's career, the 1616 folio collection of his works. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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13 (Kern, Jerome). Freedland, Michael JEROME KERN: A Biography
New York: Stein and Day/Publishers, (1981). 0812827767 / 9780812827767 First U.S. edition. Hardcover. Very nearly fine in a lightly age-toned dust jacket. 
Biography of "the key composer of the American musical theatre in the 20th century."--New York Times. Illustrated with photos. 182 pages, including index. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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14 (Lugosi, Bela; Frye, Dwight). Cushing, Tom THE DEVIL IN THE CHEESE: A Fantastic Comedy in Three Acts
New York City: Samuel French, 1927. First edition. Bound in green cloth lettered in black; in printed dust jacket. Illustrated with production photos printed on coated stock inserts. Hardcover. Whisper of shelfwear, suggestion of dust-soiling to top edge, else a remarkably clean, fine copy ; in a dust jacket that shows some rubbing, age-toning, especially to spine, shallow chipping to spine ends, overzealous price clip to front flap. Scarce! 
Stage fantasy which starred Fredric March, Bela Lugosi (a year before his Broadway DRACULA), and Dwight Frye (Renfield to Lugosi's Count in the film). Cushing co-authored LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH--basis for the Lon Chaney film. Splendid horror film item! 
Price: 150.00 USD
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15 (Rice, Elmer). Hogan, Robert THE INDEPENDENCE OF ELMER RICE
Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press, (1965). 0809301776 / 9780809301775 First edition, first printing. Crosscurrents/Modern Critiques. Hardcover. Fine, as-new, in a price-clipped, near fine, mildly age-toned dust jacket. Preface by Harry T. Moore. 164 pages, including index. 
A study of Rice as a man of the theatre, and of his plays as plays, not as texts. The book was an outgrowth of the author's association with Rice while directing an unproduced Rice play, and it benefits from firsthand discussions with the playwright. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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16 (Shakespeare, William). Allen, Charles NOTES ON THE BACON-SHAKESPEARE QUESTION
Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Company/The Riverside Press, Cambridge: 1900. First edition, first printing. In brown cloth with gilt lettering and rules, top-edge gilt; no dust jacket. Hardcover. Minor bump to spine crown, resulting in mild creases to the head of a few leaves, faint dampstaining to covers, light wear at extremities, discreet rubber stamp of ''The Francis Bacon Foundation'' to pastedown, thus very good only. 306 pages, indexed. 
"An attempt is here made to throw some new light, at least for those who are not already Shakespearian scholars, upon the still vexed question of the authorship of the plays and poems which bear Shakespeare's name."--from the Preface. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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17 (Shakespeare, William). Greenwood, Sir George THE SHAKSPERE SIGNATURES AND "SIR THOMAS MORE"
(London): Cecil Palmer, (1924). First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Circle of faint glue residue to lower spine, a whisper of wear, else a fresh, fine copy in brown cloth with gilt spine titling and rules; no dust jacket. 
Deeply eccentric study by the MP and first president of the non-Stratfordian Shakespeare Fellowship, challenges Sir Edward Maunde Thompson's paper on a three-page addition to the MS play SIR THOMAS MORE on "paleographic" grounds. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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18 (Shakespeare, William). Mackail, J.W., Macy, George, and others SHAKESPEARE: A Review and a Preview
New York: The Limited Editions Club, [circa 1939]. No edition noted. Hardcover. A soiled, very good example, with offsetting to the endsheets; no dust jacket. Tall quarto. 
Fascinating precis/preview of the then-new editions of Shakespeare in production for The Limited Editions Club: notes on the background, text, and format, along with sample pages and illustrations (by Rackham and others) to be used in the new releases. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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19 (Shakespeare, William). Pitcher, Seymour M. THE CASE FOR SHAKESPEARE'S AUTHORSHIP OF "THE FAMOUS VICTORIES": With the Complete Text of the Anonymous Play
London: Alvin Redman, (1962). First U.K. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered, brown composition binding; in a near fine illustrated dust jacket with a faint inked price mark to upper front flap. The Grafton Portrait of Shakespeare is reproduced as frontispiece. 
Dr. Pitcher's "many years of thought and study" have convinced him that the anonymous THE FAMOUS VICTORIES OF HENRY THE FIFTH was actually authored by Shakespeare when he was but a lad of 22. 256 pages. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 (Shakespeare, William). Pitcher, Seymour M. THE CASE FOR SHAKESPEARE'S AUTHORSHIP OF "THE FAMOUS VICTORIES": With the Complete Text of the Anonymous Play
London: Alvin Redman, (1962). First U.K. edition, first printing. Hardcover. Fine, in gilt-lettered, brown composition binding; in a price-clipped, else fine illustrated dust jacket. The Grafton Portrait of Shakespeare is reproduced as frontispiece. 
Ardent Shakespearean Dr. Pitcher claims this anonymous playscript (THE FAMOUS VICTORIES OF HENRY THE FIFTH) as one of Shakespeare's earliest efforts; it was produced in 1586, when the bard was only 22 years old. 256 pages. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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