London: Victor Gollancz, 1929. Small octavo. Printed wrappers. Light use to wrappers, but a very good copy. Eighth impression of the first edition of the play most indelibly connected in the public mind with the Great War. The copy bears a dense, 1 1/2 page 1934 inscription from producer Maurice Browne, detailing the success of the play and its various productions. Additionally, the title-page has been signed by Sherriff and eleven members of the cast, including Maurice Evans and most of those in the first production (but not Olivier). Sherriff served with the Ninth East Surrey Regiment, and was wounded at Ypres. He initially intended this play for amateur production by the Kingston Rowing Club, but because it exceeded their capacity for staging, he offered it, without luck, to several agents. He then sent it to Shaw, who helped place it with the London Stage Society, where it was seen by Maurice Browne. Browne licensed it, and shortly thereafter it became one of the grand dramatic successes of 1929. As testimony demonstrative of that success, this 8th impression appeared in August, the first in January. FALLS, p.297(n). BLUNDEN, et al, p.10.
(Inventory #: WRCLIT75665)
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