New York: Atheneum, 1962. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author to David Diamond (with his blindstamp on the title page) on the first blank: "For David / With love / Edward Albee / December 1962."
Diamond (1915-2005) was an American composer of classical music, and a longtime supporter of Albee's work. Thanks to Diamond's connections, Albee's career got the start it needed when he sent Diamond a copy of his first play, "The Zoo Story." The composer was so taken by the play's ruthless demeanor he suggested Albee should begin sending the play to other directors, actors, and playwrights. From that time forward Albee would become one of the most formidable voices in the theatre.
Basis for the 1966 film, the debut of director Mike Nichols, starring Richard Burton and an oddly alluring Elizabeth Taylor.
Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Slight spine lean. Jacket extremities with a touch of shelfwear, and a few diagonal creases at the flaps.