The Consul's Wife

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Boston: Little, Brown, 1956. Second printing. INSCRIBED by the author on the front endpaper: "To Ruth Ford / With long admiration and warmest wishes / William Shirer."

Ruth Ford was an American stage and film actress, sister to the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford. She began her career as a model for the likes of Harper’s and Mademoiselle, and early on was a member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre. With Welles’ help she went on to land work in Hollywood. Her best known films include “The Keys of the Kingdom” (1944), Anthony Mann’s “Strange Impersonation” (1946), and Frank Perry’s “Play It As It Lays” (1972).

Her persona was as important—if not more important—than her career in film and on the stage. For more than 40 years, her apartment in the Dakota, the gabled, fortress-like building on 72nd Street, welcomed the likes of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Terrence McNally, Stephen Sondheim, and Truman Capote. A chance encounter between Arthur Laurents in her Manhattan living room led to the pair’s collaboration on “West Side Story.”

Near Fine in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Offsetting to a couple of preliminary leaves from a laid-in newspaper clipping. Light shelfwear to the jacket, with a few tiny chips.

From the estate of Ruth Ford.

[Book #127976]

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