New York: New Directions Books, 1950. First Edition of Tennessee William's 1950 play, profusely annotated for a 1959 West End production. Copy belonging to actor-director-producer Sam Wanamaker, with his holograph annotations throughout. Red boards, worn overall, with Wanamaker's name inscribed in holograph black ink to the front board. Includes a loose sheet with the actors' addresses laid in.
Wanamaker had a long and prolific acting career, spanning from Hollywood to Broadway to the West End. In 1952, while filming "Mr. Denning Drives North," he learned of his addition to the blacklist due to his youthful association with the communist party. As a result, he permanently relocated to London in 1952 and reestablished his career on stage and on the screen. He became absorbed in the restoration of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, dedicating much of his time and resources to the project for the remainder of his life.
The London production of Williams' play opened January 15th, 1959 and starred Sam Wanamaker, Lea Padovani, and Julie Allan. The book clearly followed Wanamaker through every stage of production, each page annotated with numerous stage directions and character motivations. Overall, a fantastic little piece of history.
Very Good lacking dust jacket. Light rubbing and soiling overall, fading to the spine. Bumped to the board edges and profusely annotated.