Clarence Day's Life with Father

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First Edition. Humorously INSCRIBED to author Horace McCoy on the front endpaper by Russell Crouse: "For Horace McCoy / They shoot authors, don't they? / Russel Crouse." An interesting Hollywood association between two screenwriters whose work outside cinema (McCoy a novelist and Crouse a playwright) was even more significant than their work for the silver screen. Though undated, the inscription here is almost certainly from the year of publication, the final year that McCoy and Crouse worked as screenwriters for Paramount.

"Life with Father," Lindsay and Crouse's adaptation of Clarence Day's popular "New Yorker" stories about upper class life in turn-of-the-century New York, became the longest running non-musical play on Broadway, a record it still holds today. It, in turn, was the basis for the hit 1947 film, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring an Academy award nominated William Powell, Irene Dunne, and Elizabeth Taylor.

About Near Fine in a Very Good plus, price-clipped copy of the dust jacket. Faint spotting to the boards, light bump to the upper front tip. Jacket has minor nicking to the extremities, two short closed tears to the front panel, and a corresponding bump to the upper tip.


[Book #131904]

Price: $750.00