“AN ENDORSEMENT TO KEEP ON REACHING AND CREATING AND GROWING”: PRESENTATION FIRST EDITION OF ON GOLDEN POND, GRACIOUSLY INSCRIBED AT LENGTH BY THE PLAYWRIGHT, ERNEST THOMPSON
THOMPSON, Ernest. On Golden Pond. A Play. New York: Dodd, Mead, (1979). Octavo, original orange cloth, original dust jacket. $1300.
First edition, inscribed by the playwright in the year of publication, “6.13.79. for George & Phyllis, being awarded the George Scala Grant is one of the great satisfactions of my life. to be recognized and encouraged by one of the giants of the business is more than exciting and reassuring—i take it to be an endorsement to keep on reaching and creating and growing. thank you. Ernest.”
“Thompson’s first full-length play dramatizes crotchety former college professor Norman Thayer’s coming to terms with his mortality and his recognition of the power of love and family at the Thayers’ summer cottage. Thompson [won] the Best Play Award from the Broadway Drama Guild and would later receive an Academy Award for his screenplay of the popular 1981 film adaptation” (Chronology of American Literature). C. George Scala, president and chief executive of Lechmere Inc., was also an active patron of the theater.
Dust jacket lightly toned. A fine presentation copy with an excellent inscription.