“MAY THE TWAIN NEVER PART”: TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ FIRST NOVEL, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
WILLIAMS, Tennessee. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. (New York): New Directions, (1950). Octavo, original yellow-stamped black cloth, original dust jacket.
First trade edition, issued simultaneously with the signed limited edition, of Williams’ first novel, inscribed by him: “To Bob and Jack, may the twain never part, with love, Tennessee.”
Williams wrote that his goal in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone "was to arouse compassion for a sensitive nature, and how the awful obsession with power and fame change a once fine person into a caricature." His friend Donald Windham called it Williams' "first fictionalized self-portrait after his success—and it displays a hair-raising degree of self knowledge" (Spoto, Kindness of Strangers, 166). First printing: with no edition or printing statement on copyright page. Crandell A.9.1.b. The recipients of this inscribed copy are very likely Jack Fricks and Robert Hines, Williams' longtime friends and confidants.
Text fresh, faint mark to front board; minor edge-wear to colorful price-clipped dust jacket. An about-fine inscribed copy.