Oddity Land

New York: Doubleday, 1957. First Edition. Association Copy, INSCRIBED by the author to playwright George Middleton and his wife, activist and actress Fola La Follette on the front endpaper: "For the George Middletons / charter members of the L.O.D.M.* / with an even more elegant bow than the one on Page 64 / Ed Anthony / * Loyal Order of Don Marquis / August, '59."

Middleton's nephew David's ownership stamp on the front pastedown.

New Jersey-born playwright, director, and producer George Middleton served as president of the Dramatists Guild of America from 1927 to 1929. He is perhaps best remembered today for his instrumental role in creating the Minimum Basic Agreement, a collective bargaining agreement that covers benefits, rights, and protections for Writers Guild of America members. Middleton was also known for his collaborations with Guy Bolton, including the successful 1917 stage comedy "Polly With a Past," basis for the 1920 film adaptation.

The daughter of Senator Robert M. "Fighting Bob" La Follette and women's suffrage leader Belle Case, Flora Dodge "Fola" La Follette was a stage actress, teacher, and writer as well as an activist for the women's suffrage and labor movements. La Follette and Middleton married in 1911.

Very Good plus in a Very Good plus dust jacket. Slight spine lean. Jacket lightly edgeworn, with small chips at the corners and faint toning on the rear panel and flap folds.


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