The Misfits

By: Miller, Arthur

Price: $30.00

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Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj

[no significant wear to book, but some foxing/spotting to cloth covers; jacket lightly soiled, a couple of small tears and associated creasing at top edge of rear panel, a bit of insect-nibbling to bottom edge of rear flap]. Novelization (kinda) by Miller of his own screenplay, which itself had "evolved" from his short story of the same name, first published in Esquire in 1957. The jacket copy dubs it a "cinema-novel," and in his "author's note," Miller describes it as being "in an unfamiliar form, neither novel, play or screenplay," and states that his goal had been "to create a fiction which might have the peculiar immediacy of image and the reflective possibilities of the written word.'" In other words, he didn't really know what the hell he was doing, and it shows on the screen: the resulting film, directed by John Huston, is like a cinematic train wreck. It's simultaneously awful and fascinating, the latter at least in part because of our knowledge that its principals were doomed: Clark Gable didn't live to see the film's release; Marilyn Monroe did, but died before completing her next film; and just a few years later the haunted and damaged Montgomery Clift, too, was dead, at 45. If watching this movie doesn't depress you, in one fashion or another, then you are incapable of being depressed.

Title: The Misfits

Author: Miller, Arthur

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj design) Don Ervin

Categories: Fiction: Modern Lit,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1961

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dj

Seller ID: 24679

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