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The Annual Heron

New York: Albondocani Press No. 26, 1980. First Separate edition. First published in "Poetry" magazine in 1979. One of 300 copies (this being No. 149) SIGNED by the author. Price has also inscribed the title page: "For Ruth / With much affection and warm good hope / From / Reynolds Price / Jan. '81."

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.”

A touch of offsetting to the endpapers, else Near Fine in saddle-stitched black paper wrappers and combed marbled dust jacket.

From the estate of Ruth Ford.
[Book #127982]
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