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The Sex Fable; a play

By: Bourdet, Edouard (English text by Jane Hinton)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Brentano's: 1931

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 19891

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fair


(no dust jacket) [well-worn copy, rear hinge cracked; should be considered a reading copy only]. "The theory that the female is the dominating, superior sex is not novel, but Bourdet treats it in a novel way. His characters in [this play] are members of the international plutocracy whose favorite playground is Paris. There is a dominant mother; her weak-willing, charming sons for whom she engineers 'fortunate' marriages; a daughter who manages an ultra-smart dress ... View more info

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"The Private Life of the Master Race" (in Theatre Arts, issue of September 1944)

By: Brecht, Bertold

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New York, Theatre Arts, Inc.: 1944

Edition: (Vol. XVIII, No. 9)

Seller ID: 22525

Condition: Very Good+


[generally a nice clean copy, with a bit of bumping to the edges of the covers, inevitable due to the cover slightly overlapping the magazine's pages]. (B&W photos, facsimiles, drawings, etc.) Special issue of this popular theatrical magazine, entitled "A Book of Scripts." The English version presented here of the Brecht piece (translated by Eric Russell Bentley, and accompanied by his essay on Brecht and his work) is actually a partial work: a prefatory note ex... View more info

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Small Wonder: The Story of The Yale Puppeteers and the Turnabout Theatre [*SIGNED*]

By: Brown, Forman

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Metuchen NJ/London, The Scarecrow Press: 1980

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20574

ISBN: 0-8108-1334-3

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[book is flawless; mostly-white jacket shows a bit of smudging on front panel, overall light surface wear]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the dedication page. A bit more than half of this volume is actually a reprint of the author's 1936 book "Punch's Progress," which deals with the founding and early operation of the Yale Puppeteers; the remainder is new material about the Turnabout, including an appendix listing all the songs and sketches performe... View more info

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Four Dynamite Plays [contains: It Bees Dat Way; Death List; The Pig Pen; Night of the Beast]

By: Bullins, Ed

Price: $6.50

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1972

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 13822

ISBN: 0-688-06020-X

Condition: Very Good


[moderate external wear, spine faded, light soiling/browning to page edges]. Trade PB In these plays, the playwright "calls to life black aspirations, black frustrations, in short, life as experienced by many black persons." Three of the four plays had been produced off-Broadway; the author won an Obie the previous year as Distinguished Playwright of the Year. View more info

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The Blue Book of Broadway Musicals

By: Burton, Jack

Price: $12.00

Publisher: Watkins Glen NY, Century House: (c.1952)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 6859

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Fair dj


(jacket is Fair only) [moderate overall wear, mild spotting to covers, bottom corners lightly bumped/frayed; jacket very worn, with several long tears and a bit of paper loss; front panel illustration rubbed but otherwise only slightly affected by tears]. (B&W photographs) (++) View more info

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The Passion of Josef D.

By: Chayefsky, Paddy

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1964)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 5999

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


(price-clipped) [nice tight copy, tiny dent at top of front cover; jacket wrinkled and slightly dog-eared at base of spine, minor edge/corner wear]. (B&W photographs) Peter Falk as Josef Stalin! (++) View more info

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Anniversary Waltz [*SIGNED* by Chodorov]

By: Chodorov, Jerome, and Joseph Fields

Price: $65.00

Publisher: New York, Random House:

Edition: Fireside BCE

Seller ID: 15295

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[minor shelfworn, slight dust-soiling to top edge; jacket lightly browned at spine and edges, as typical, otherwise no significant wear]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by co-author Jerome Chodorov on the ffep. A comedy about "a nice, typical American couple with teen-age kids." Premiered on Broadway April 7, 1954, with a cast including Kitty Carlisle and Macdonald Carey. View more info

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Applause

By: Comden, Betty, and Adolph Green (book), Charles Strouse (music), Lee Adams (lyrics)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1971)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20421

ISBN: 0-394-47047-8

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[nice tight copy, slight age-toning to top edge and fore-edge, minor bump to bottom rear corner, slight fading to cloth at base of spine; jacket browned at spine and along top edge, and has a long diagonal crease in the rear flap]. Script (no music) for the Tony Award-winning musical play based on the film ALL ABOUT EVE and its original source story by Mary Orr, with Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing. (The first edition, stated "first printing" with number line b... View more info

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The World of Carl Sandburg: A Stage Presentation [*SIGNED*]

By: Corwin, Norman

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.: (c.1961)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20226

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good in Very Good+ dj


[slight deterioration to cloth at bottom edges of covers (boards just a tiny bit exposed in a couple of spots), slight surface wear to upper right corner of front cover; jacket shows some wear along spine, especially at top and bottom corners, a couple of tiny closed tears at top of front panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the ffep. Corwin's voyage through our world, as seen through the prism of Carl Sandburg's poetry. This show, wh... View more info

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A Breeze from the Gulf

By: Crowley, Mart

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 1974

Edition: BCE/"1st printing"

Seller ID: 5844

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[nice copy, small nick on back cover, spine slightly turned, faint spotting on top edge; jacket shows just a tiny bit of wear along bottom edge of front panel]. (Jacket states "Book Club Edition"; copyright page states "First printing, 1974.") View more info

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Drinks Before Dinner; a play

By: Doctorow, E.L.

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1978, 1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 2621

ISBN: 0-394-40092-5

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[small bookstore stamp on ffep; just a trace of handling wear to jacket, slight wrinkling at top edge]. View more info

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My Place

By: Dundy, Elaine

Price: $150.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz Ltd: 1962

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21165

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[no discernible wear to book; jacket lightly tanned at spine, tiny red stain at bottom corner of rear panel, otherwise clean and unblemished]. Very scarce play, the first (and only published) by Dundy, an actress-turned-writer who had scored a hit in 1958 with her debut novel, "The Dud Avocado." Not surprisingly given her background, the play is set in the theatre world, and (in the words of a contemporary critic) is "as cynical, hip, beat, amoral and genera... View more info

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The Making of a Musical [*SIGNED*]

By: Engel, Lehman

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Macmillan Publishing Co.: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18505

ISBN: 0-02-536070-1

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[minimal wear to book; jacket shows just a trace of wear along top edge, tiny tear at top front corner, a bit of yellowing/discoloration to rear panel]. INSCRIBED ("To Betty Garrett / With alllll love") and SIGNED by the author on the ffep, which also bears Ms. Garrett's rubber-stamped "ex libris" mark, within which is (presumably) her own signature. A behind-the scenes look at what makes a successful stage musical, by a Tony Award-winning composer/condu... View more info

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The Tunnel of Love; a play based upon the novel by Peter DeVries

By: Fields, Joseph, and Peter DeVries

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1957)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22567

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[review copy with publisher's slip laid in, top corners bumped, slight gouge in top edges of the first few pages; jacket spine is color-shifted, otherwise the jacket just shows a little edgewear and light rubbing]. (B&W photographs) Comedy adapted from DeVries's novel about the hilarious misadventures of a Connecticut couple who run into endless red tape when they try to adopt a baby. It ran for a little over a year on Broadway, then made the almost immediate leap to th... View more info

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Spindrift: A Comedy

By: Flavin, Martin

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York/Los Angeles, Samuel French: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 12948

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good-


(no dust jacket) [possible ex-library, although the only sign of it is the remnant of a painted label near the base of the spine; moderate exterior wear, previous owner's signature on front pastedown, attractive vintage bookplate on ffep, informational stamp about royalties at bottom of title page]. (B&W photo frontispiece, 2 B&W plates) Comedy by the author of "The Criminal Code." Contains "Instead of a Preface," by Barrett H. Clark, presented in the f... View more info

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The Criminal Code

By: Flavin, Martin

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Horace Liveright: 1930 (c.1929)

Edition: 2nd printing

Seller ID: 18061

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [slight bumping at severals corners, light soiling to top edge, slightly faded strip along top edge of rear cover, a couple of tiny spots on spine; no markings in text]. (B&W photo frontispiece, 9 illus.) Hard-hitting prison melodrama, memorably filmed by Howard Hawks in 1930. Illustrations of nine stage designs, by Albert R. Johnson, are scattered throughout the text. View more info

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The Conversion of Buster Drumwright: The television and stage scripts

By: Ford, Jesse Hill

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Nashville TN, Vanderbilt University Press: 1964

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 15459

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good+ dj


[nice tight copy, minor shelfwear and light soiling to bottom edge; jacket a bit edgeworn, one tiny tear and associated short creasing at top of front panel]. (B&W photographs) The play "portrays the events surrounding the attempt of a family of mountain people in East Tennessee to avenge the murder of one of the members of the family. [It] was originally written for television and was later adapted by the author for stage production. The television script is exact... View more info

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Requiem for a Nun; a play

By: Ford, Ruth; from the novel by William Faulkner

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22565

Condition: Very Good+


(no dust jacket) [lightly shelfworn, spine slightly darkened]. (B&W photographs) Faulkner's prefatory note: "This play was written not to be a play, but as what seemed to me the best way to tell the story in a novel. It became a play, to me, only after Ruth Ford saw it as a play and believe that only she could do it right. When in English, it is her play. What she adds to it, to make it a better lay, is Ruth Ford." In addition to adapting Faulkner's novel for... View more info

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Steambath

By: Friedman, Bruce Jay

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: (c.1971)

Edition: Fireside BCE

Seller ID: 5997

ISBN: NO

Condition: Fine in Near Fine dj


[a tight, clean copy; the jacket shows slight browning at various edges (typical with these uncoated BCE jackets), one tiny closed tear at top of spine]. (B&W photographs) Satirical play (the author's second), presenting the afterlife as a steambath, with God present in the guise of a Puerto Rican attendant. Originally produced off-Broadway in 1970, its later incarnations included a 1973 PBS adaptation and a 1983 Showtime series. Includes an 8-page photo section with sc... View more info

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Scuba Duba; a tense comedy

By: Friedman, Bruce Jay

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1967)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22392

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[book and jacket both exceptionally nice, with just a touch of soiling to the bottom edges of the book's covers]. "The cast: The Hero ('a warm, glandular human being') -- a sort of 35-year-old Jewish intellectual Candide; His Wife (she has just left him for a Negro skindiver); The Girl in a Mauve Bikini (she tries to console him); The Skindiver and his Distinguished Acquaintance -- plus a Gendarme, a Landlady, a Tourist, a Fille de Joie, The Hero's Psychiatrist, and... View more info