"A VIBRANT ELOQUENCE": FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAMS' NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Night of the Iguana. New York: New Directions, 1962. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $1400.
First edition of Williams' timeless drama, written "at the top of his form" (New York Times).
Tennessee Williams described his award-winning The Night of the Iguana as "a play whose theme, as closely as I can put it, is how to live beyond despair and still live" (Devlin, Conversations, 80). The play's 1961 Broadway premiere was hailed by critics as Williams "writing at the top of his form… Night of the Iguana achieves a vibrant eloquence" (New York Times). Amidst rumors of Betty Davis' conflicts with director Frank Corsaro, Shelley Winters replaced Davis in the role of Maxine six months into the play's run. Basis for the Oscar-winning 1964 film starring Richard Burton. Crandell A25.I.a.
Book fine, bright dust jacket near-fine with a couple spots of foxing, very small rub to spine, and faint evidence of label removal to back panel. A lovely copy.