Carl Van Vechten and the Irreverent Decades

Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968. First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author on a laid-in slip: "For Sister / Happy Easter! / B." The inscription is written on stationery, presumably the authors: "From the desk of / OPERATION MINOTAUR." Ford has annotated a few of the rear leaves in holograph pencil, and paper-clipped two leaves where her name is mentioned, with brief marginal annotations in pencil throughout.

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.”

About Near Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket. Binding slightly cocked. Jacket extremities slightly toned, with a hint of shelfwear.

From the estate of Ruth Ford.

[Book #128044]

Price: $45.00