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Berlin: Literarisches Colloquium, 1982. First printing of this edition. German text. INSCRIBED by the author in the year of publication on the title page: "Fur Ruth / Mit liebe / Toni / 30-9-82." Anthony Ingrassia (1944-1995) was an underground playwright, producer, and director, who was a member of the Ridiculous Theater Company in the 1960s. He made Broadway in 1974 with his play, "Fame," which met no great praise. Ingrassia wrote plays until his death, a cause of overeating and a failing heart, both conditions he willfully acknowledged.

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.”

Light creasing and rubbing overall, else Near Fine in photo illustrated wrappers.

From the estate of Ruth Ford.


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