London: Wolf Mankowitz Presentations, 1960. Draft script for the 1960 play. The second play by Ms. Delaney, an Irish playwright, the followup to her best known work, "A Taste of Honey" (1958). "The Lion in Love" portrays an impoverished Irish family—similar to the one in the first play—whose income derives solely from peddling trinkets.
Delaney was first inspired to write after seeing Terence Rattigan's "Variations on a Them at Manchester's Opera House during its pre-West End tour. She wrote her first play in 10 days, feeling that Rattigan's work was insensitive in its portrayal of homosexuals. "A Taste of Honey" was notable in that it gave new cynicism and character to the North Country Irish. Delaney went on to adapt "A Taste of Honey" to the screen for director Tony Richardson, as well as "The White Bus" (Lindsay Anderson, 1967), "Charlie Bubbles" (1967), and "Dance with a Stranger" (Mike Newell, 1985).
Ms. Delaney has since become an icon for modern feminist writers, notably Jeanette Winterson, and a huge influence on the singer-songwriter Morrissey, who has said, "I've never made any secret of the fact that at least 50 per cent of my reason for writing can be blamed on Shelagh Delaney." Morrissey has lifted numerous lines verbatim from Ms. Delaney's plays, and used a photo of the playwright for the cover of The Smiths' 1987 compilation, "Louder than Bombs."
Red studio wrappers. Title page present with credit for playwright Delaney. 76 leaves, mechanical duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, internally bound with three silver brads.