"TO MABEL FROHLICH WHO IS THE MODEL FOR MY HEROINE": FIRST EDITION OF DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, INSCRIBED BY SUE KAUFMAN
KAUFMAN, Sue. Diary of a Mad Housewife. New York: Random House, (1967). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom cloth slipcase. $1600.
First edition of this influential 1960s novel, wonderfully inscribed: "To Mabel Frohlich who is the model for my heroine. Sue Kaufman."
"Sue Kaufman railed against “having my work held up against a yardstick, measuring whether I am or am not writing about women’s issues.” Her resentment is well founded, for Sue Kaufman wrote about people’s issues, most specifically modern urbanites who struggled with the stresses of city life which, like ancient water torture, relentlessly wore them down… An apt observer of the upwardly mobile urban middle class in which she lived, Kaufman sketched characters with delicate strokes of a pen dipped in mild acid. Her best-known work is Diary of a Mad Housewife, published in 1967" (Jewish Women's Archive). "Diary, Sue Kaufman's most ambitious and most successful book to date, is the 'Account' she keeps over a period of about six months and it's a sophisticated, intense, frayed and wholly involving affair. Chiefly because Miss Kaufman's eye for all those consequential inconsequentials has the irreversible precision of a camera" (Kirkus). The basis for the well-reviewed 1970 film starring Carrie Snodgress. As this book has no formal dedication, Kaufman's inscription to Mabel Frohlich—explicitly crediting her as the model for the protagonist—carries added weight.
Book about-fine, dust jacket with only light rubbing mainly to spine ends. A lovely inscribed copy.