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  • Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 72 pages, very good condition.

    Two plays … a short one Something Unspoken a type often referred to as a curtain-raiser; and the longer Suddenly Last Summer.

    Both had just been performed in England at the London Arts Theatre to much acclaim

    Entertaining and still challenging from T.W. …

    $30.00

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  • Three Players of a Summer Game – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960

    Three Players of a Summer Game – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1960.

    Octavo,223 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but a little dusty.

    Collection of short stories including the title story; The Important Thing; One Arm; Portrait of a Girl in Glass; The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly; Two on a Party; The Yellow Bird; The Field of Blue Children; The Malediction; The Angel in the Alcove; The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin and The Night of the Iguana.

    A fine collection of Tennessee Williams …

    $40.00

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  • The Knightly Quest (A Novella and Twelve Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams -1968

    The Knightly Quest (A Novella and Twelve Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams -1968

    A first UK edition of this collection published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1968. A novella and twelve short stories. Three of the short stories had appeared in “One Arm” published in 1959 – see our copy.

    Octavo, 253 pages, the novella “the Knightly Quest”, a parody of espionage thrillers comprises eighty odd pages. The short stories common with the earlier edition are .. The Poet; Chronicle of a Demise and Desire and the Black Masseur.

    The new short stories are … Hard Candy; Rubio y Morena; The mattress by the Tomato Patch; The Vine; The Mysteries of the Joy Rio; Mama’s Old Stucco House; Man Bring This up Road; The Kingdom of Earth and “Grand”. The first tow are variations on the same theme, with the same setting but with very different results … interesting.

    His shorter stories and one a little longer

    $40.00

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  • One Arm and Other Stories (A Collection of Eleven Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams – First of Type New Directions – 1959

    One Arm and Other Stories (A Collection of Eleven Short Stories) – Tennessee Williams – First of Type New Directions – 1959

    A first trade edition published by special publisher New Directions of New York in 1959.

    Octavo, 211 pages comprising eleven short stories. Dust jacket by the super designer Alvin Lustig although not one he had put a lot of thought into!. One page had thinned through to a hole … looks like a printing flaw. Otherwise a very good copy of a scarce work.

    By this time Williams was already a successful dramatist but his short stories had only ever been published in a limited private form.

    The stories are – One Arm; The Malediction; The Poet; Chronicle of a Demise; Desire and the Black Masseur; Portrait of a Girl in Glass; The Important Thing; The Angel in the Alcove; The Field of Blue Children; The Night of the Iguana and The Yellow Bird. As you can see some of these short stories are inspiration for his later plays, some are about characters in them and some are completely independent works.

    A broad short read introduction to Tennessee Williams. .

    $40.00

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  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams – 1956

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams – 1956

    Classic Tennessee Williams play published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1956, a second printing same year as the first. Fine condition. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Play the year before.

    Octavo, 197 pages to the Play. Before that “Person- To- Person” … 5 pages by the author; Characters of the Play – 2 pages; Notes for the Designer … in which he recalls an image he had seen of Robert Louis Stevenson’s verandah.

    Set in a Plantation home in the Mississippi Delta owned by Big Daddy Pollitt … the play examines the complex relationships among the family including his son Brick and Maggie the “Cat” Brocks wife. Two years after this book it was made into a Movie with a super cast including Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor as Brick and the “Cat”

    TW’s personal favourite and perhaps his best-known work….

    $50.00

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  • The Night of the Iguana – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1961

    The Night of the Iguana – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1961

    A first UK edition of this classic Tennessee Williams play published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1961.

    Made into the Oscar winning movie filmed by John Houston in 1964. Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

    A complex story of human emotions, frailty etc. Reverend Shannon, Burton in the movie, is essentially defrocked following a triste with a young Sunday School teacher. He takes work with an American Religious Travel group … off to Mexico. He is accused of more inappropriate conduct and to avoid being reported on contrives the group to be held up a seedy Mexican Hotel run by the vivacious Maxine, Ava Gardner in the movie. Another beauty arrives, Deborah Kerr in the movie, and it all gets too complex for Shannon who breaks down … and has to be tethered … like the “pet’” Iguana.

    A special somewhat challenging work. Red and watch is our recommendation …

    $30.00

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