Garden City: Anchor Press / Doubleday, 1979. First printing of this edition. INSCRIBED on the title page by the author to actress Ruth Ford: "For Ruth Ford / and a [illegible] love for this music and the artists who created it / Bill / Oxford, October 10, 1980." Laid in is and autographed letter signed by the author, address to "Ruth", thanking her for a gift, and attesting to a busy schedule at the University of Mississippi, where he is currently on the faculty in the History department.
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.”
Very Good plus in illustrated wrappers. Slight toning, light rubbing overall, and a tiny split at the crown. Black-and-white photographs throughout.
From the estate of Ruth Ford.