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Image for "Give 'em Hell Harry": Reminiscences [*SIGNED* by the playwright and actor Ed Nelson]

"Give 'em Hell Harry": Reminiscences [*SIGNED* by the playwright and actor Ed Nelson]

By: Gallu, Samuel

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1975

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 19772

ISBN: 0-670-34165-7

Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj


[minor shelfwear, slight fading to boards along top edge; jacket slightly age-toned, tiny tear at bottom rear corners]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the playwright on the ffep, a humorous inscription making reference to actor Ed Nelson (who took over from the original lead, James Whitmore, in the national touring company of the play); additionally INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Nelson himself, just beneath Gallu's inscription. The famous one-man biographical play ... View more info

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The Goodbye People

By: Gardner, Herb

Price: $12.00

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

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 8830

ISBN: 0-374-16560-2

Condition: Very Good in Near Fine dj


[water-staining to book covers (with slight bleed-through to endpapers), but still a solid copy, internally OK; jacket internally dampstained, although this is entirely hidden by the new Brodart cover]. The author himself directed a not-very-successful film adaptation of his play in 1984. View more info

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Mac Bird!

By: Garson, Barbara

Price: $5.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press: 1967

Edition: 1st ed. thus

Seller ID: 2200

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


[book slightly bent down the middle, a couple of bent page corners, moderate yellowing to pages]. Mass Market PB Evergreen Black Cat (paperback) edition, BC-132, 1st printing. "The text as it now stands is almost half again as long as the first-draft manuscript of December, 1965. The author wrote many new lines and several new scenes in the Spring of 1966, working in close consultation with Roy Levine to make the play more unified dramatically. This new material app... View more info

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Mastergate -and- Power Failure: 2 Political Satires for the Stage

By: Gelbart, Larry

Price: $8.00

Publisher: New York/London, Applause Books: 1994

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 11990

ISBN: 1-55783-177-7

Condition: Near Fine


[the faintest bit of handling wear]. Trade PB Two works by the noted TV writer and gagman: the first a takeoff on the Iran-Contra hearings (remember them?), the second a satirical take on the corruption of American society. View more info

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The Maids [and] Deathwatch: Two Plays

By: Genet, Jean (translated from the French by Bernard Frechtman)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Grove Press: (c.1954)

Edition: 1st U.S. printing

Seller ID: 19906

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [moderate external wear, bumped at base of spine, light soiling to covers, a little darkening to spine cloth]. Introduction by Jean-Paul Sartre. View more info

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New York Shakespeare Festival Report

By: Gersten, Bernard (text)

Price: $20.00

Publisher: [New York], The New York Shakespeare Festival: [1965]

Seller ID: 15882

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine


[beautiful clean copy, with just a bit of wear along the stapled edge]. (B&W photographs) 24-page (including covers) promotional booklet for the Festival, issued just prior to the 1965 season. Largely photographic, with quotes about the Festival and its productions from various sources. Includes a full-page statement from founding director Joseph Papp, and a smaller statement from then-NYC Mayer Robert F. Wagner, under whose administration (1953-1965) the Festival was e... View more info

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New Theatres for Old [*SIGNED*]

By: Gorelik, Mordecai

Price: $75.00

Publisher: [New York], Samuel French: 1940

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 20132

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[nice clean copy, minimal shelfwear, very slight bump to bottom rear corner; jacket has a few small tears, moderate soiling, browning/sunning to sine, about 3/8" paper loss at top of spine]. (B&W photographs, drawings) SIGNED by the author at the top of the ffep (no inscription). A leading theatrical designer of his day, the Russian-born author (whose credits included many important productions for the Group Theatre and the Theatre Guild in the 1930s) also designed... View more info

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Out of the South: The Life of a People in Dramatic Form

By: Green, Paul

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York/London, Harper & Brothers: 1939

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19925

ISBN: NO

Condition: Good in Good dj


[ex-library (the M-G-M Reading Department, with various stamps and a card pocket on the ffep), bumping at corners, fading and a tiny rip to spine cloth at top of spine; jacket heavily worn at edges, browned at spine and edges, small chunk detached at top rear hinge (held in place by new jacket protector), just fragile in general]. "From a longer list of [his] writings, Paul Green has selected and revised fifteen plays dealing with certain representative phases of So... View more info

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Who's Happy Now?

By: Hailey, Oliver

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1969)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 13354

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj


[good solid copy, some soiling/spotting to top page edges; jacket a little rubbed/scuffed, minor fading at spine]. "A comedy with music about a boy growing up in west Texas. He watches his father, a hard-headed and hard-drinking butcher, enjoy an open relationship with both his wife and his mistress. The boy devotes his life to dissolving that relationship, determined that the father's affectgions return exclusively to the mother -- unaware that each of the three ... View more info

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Angel Street: A Victorian Thriller in Three Acts

By: Hamilton, Patrick

Price: $200.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: (c.1942)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19892

Condition: Good in Good dj


[dampstain to top edge, bleeding down a bit onto the first few pages (including photo frontispiece and title page) but otherwise not affecting the book's interior, and also causing some fading to cloth along the edges of both the front and rear covers; the jacket is stained along the top edge and both foldovers, and the spine is faded to near-unreadability, although the front panel is largely unblemished]. (4 B&W photographs) Hamilton's famous play, originally presented... View more info

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Flesh and Blood

By: Hanley, William

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1968)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19883

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Very Good dj


[book is flawless except for a slight bump to the bottom front corner; jacket is rubbed/scuffed at edges and a bit on the front panel]. (3 B&W photographs) Drama about a close but dysfunctional family whose empty apartment building is about to be demolished. The story behind the play's production is something of an unusual footnote in theatrical/TV history: NBC, feeling at the time that CBS was outpacing it in the "prestige drama" arena, bought the play in order... View more info

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Distant Fires

By: Heelan, Kevin

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service Inc.: (c.1993)

Edition: Unstated printing

Seller ID: 22015

Condition: Near Fine


[barely discernible rippling to upper part of book, in the front cover and the first few pages]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Drama centering around the competition between a white man and a black man for a promotion to a union bricklaying job, against a background of rioting in the slums of Cambridge, Massachusetts (based on an actual incident in 1967). The play received its world premiere in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1986, and although it was subsequently performed sever... View more info

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The Autumn Garden

By: Hellman, Lillian

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown and Company: (c.1951)

Edition: Book Club Edition

Seller ID: 17669

ISBN: NO

Condition: Near Fine in Good dj


[book is tight and clean, with just a touch of crimping to spine ends; jacket is edgeworn, lightly stained at corners of rear panel]. "The scene is the Tuckerman house in a town on the Gulf of Mexico, a hundred miles from New Orleans; the time, the present." The Tuckermans are "nice people, handsome people, decent people but, except for realistic young Sophie and no less realistic Grandmother Ellis, people who have let life pass them by." Hellman drew ... View more info

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The Haunted Inn: A Drama in Four Acts [aka "The Idle Inn]

By: Hirshbein, Peretz (translated from the Yiddish by Isaac Goldberg)

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Boston, John W. Luce & Company: (c.1921)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21176

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good


(no dust jacket) [solid book, moderate bumping to corners (with slight exposure of boards, more so at the bottom corners than the top), a little discoloration to spine cloth, staining on pp. 4-5, one diagonally-creased top page corner]. This play ("Di Puste Kretshme" in Yiddish), written in 1912, became the inaugural production of New York's Jewish Art Theatre in 1919, and was such a hit that it "was soon the talk not only of the Yiddish reviewers, but also ... View more info

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Sinclair Lewis's Dodsworth; dramatized by Sidney Howard

By: Howard, Sidney

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New York, Harcourt, Brace and Company: (c.1934)

Edition: Unstated edition

Seller ID: 21171

ISBN: NO

Condition: Very Good- in Very Good- dj


[some spotting/foxing to cloth, otherwise a solid decent copy with only light shelfwear; jacket browned at edges and spine, minor paper loss at spine ends]. (B&W photographs) Dramatization of Lewis's 1929 novel, with an Introduction by the playwright and a lengthy essay, "The Art of Dramatization," by Lewis himself, which takes up almost one-quarter of the book and incorporates a lengthy (about 40 pages) excerpt from the novel and a reproduction of a page of the... View more info

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Come Back, Little Sheba

By: Inge, William

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1950, 1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22573

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[moderately shelfworn, spine turned, top rear corner bumped, one-time owner's embossed ownership stamp on ffep; jacket a bit ragged and edgeworn, with a few small tears and creases, small pieces missing at two corners of front panel]. (B&W photo frontispiece) Inge's first play, about a discontented Midwestern couple whose domestic life is disrupted by the presence of a sexy young female boarder. The leads in the original Broadway production, Shirley Booth and Sidney Bl... View more info

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The Live Wire: A Comedy in Three Acts

By: Kanin, Garson

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Dramatists Play Service, Inc.: (c.1951, 1948)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20064

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dj


[light wear to extremities, old yellow tape-stains on both endpapers from former taping-down of jacket, large "Submitted by William Morris Agency" label on ffep; jacket shows light soiling, tiny tears at several corners, tape marks on both flaps (tape itself is no longer present), shallow chip at top of rear panel]. Comedy about "a group of young actors who have pooled their resources and hopes and live together in a Quonset hut in the Broadway theater distri... View more info

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If Men Played Cards as Women Do; a comedy in one act

By: Kaufman, George S.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: New York/London, Samuel French: (c.1923, 1926)

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 22441

Condition: Near Fine


[nice clean copy, minimal edgewear only]. (French's International Copyrighted Edition of the Works of the Best Authors, No. 548) Series Early one-acter by Kaufman, just 8 pages long, plus 4 pages (including back cover) of blurbs for other short plays published by French. Prefaced by an "Author's Impertinence," to wit: "It is perhaps unnecessary to remark that the sketch derives its entire value from the fact that it is played in forthright and manly fashion.... View more info

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To the Ladies; a comedy in three acts

By: Kaufman, George S., and Marc Connelly

Price: $75.00

Publisher: New York, Samuel French: (c.1923)

Edition: French's Standard Library Edition

Seller ID: 16573

Condition: Very Good


[moderate wear to edges and corners, internally unmarked, age-toning to first and last pages, one tiny stain on rear cover]. (B&W photographs) Kaufman and Connelly's second collaboration, this bit of froth ran for a respectable 128 performances in early 1922, with Otto Kruger and Helen Hayes in the leads. Apparently the only publication of this play, which was later adapted for the screen as ELMER AND ELSIE (Paramount, 1934). View more info

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Detective Story; a play in three acts

By: Kingsley, Sidney

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Random House: (c.1949)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18646

Condition: Very Good in Good dj


[light wear to spine ends and bottom edge, bottom front corner slightly bumped, vintage bookplate on front pastedown; jacket shows moderate edgewear, shallow chipping along top and bottom edges, small tears at several corners, minor paper loss at base of spine, a little faded at spine, light dampstaining at bottom corners of rear panel, short diagonal crease at bottom corner of rear flap]. (B&W photographs by John Swope) Hit melodrama set in a New York City police stati... View more info